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Psychotherapy in Ottawa, Pembroke & North Bay

In What Ways Can Psychotherapy and Counselling Benefit You?

At Renew Neurotherapy, we offer compassionate and effective counselling for depression and anxiety. Our experienced therapists are here to support you on your journey toward healing and well-being.

Our experienced team supports you in addressing a range of challenges, including:

  • Complex Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Addiction
  • Identity Difficulties
  • Eating Disorders
  • Panic Disorder
  • PTSD
  • Phobias
  • Functional Neurological Disorder
  • New Canadian and refugee support
  • Women’s issues (perinatal and perimenopause)
  • Parenting support
  • Relationship support (couple’s counselling)
  • Sport psychotherapy

Through personalized therapy sessions, we provide a safe space for exploration, growth, and healing. Our approach integrates evidence-based techniques tailored to your unique needs. With our guidance, you can gain insight, develop coping strategies, and foster resilience.

Some of the Psychotherapy and Counseling Methods we use at Renew

At Renew Neurotherapy, our comprehensive approach means that we tailor the therapy to suit your individual needs, providing the most effective and compassionate care. If you’re ready to take the first step towards a renewed life, reach out to us today.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT):

CBT is more than just a buzzword; it’s a proven approach to facilitate healing and constructive transformation. Our expert therapists assist clients in identifying and replacing harmful thinking patterns and behaviours. With CBT, we collaborate to treat depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges by addressing the root causes of negative thought processes.

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT):

IPT is a targeted, short-term treatment that dives deep into underlying interpersonal issues like grief, relationship conflicts, or role transitions. At Renew, IPT is not just about solving immediate problems but raising overall emotional well-being by enhancing interpersonal skills.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT):

DBT is a method considered to be particularly beneficial for individuals with trauma, eating disorders, or borderline personality disorder. Our DBT sessions equip clients with essential self-management and emotion regulation skills, empowering them to handle stress, gain emotional balance, and achieve lasting change.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT):

ACT encourages clients to embrace their thoughts and feelings rather than fight them. By fostering psychological flexibility and mindfulness, ACT enables you to commit to actions that align with your values, leading to a more fulfilling life.

Motivational Interviewing:

Our therapists use Motivational Interviewing to spark the intrinsic motivation needed to instigate personal change. Whether it’s addiction, weight loss, or any other behavioural change, this method helps you find the drive within.

Somatic Experiencing:

Somatic Experiencing offers a holistic approach to healing, focusing on the connection between body and mind. It’s a gentle way to release trapped energy from trauma, restoring the natural balance in your system.

Exposure Therapy:

Facing fears is an essential step to overcoming them. Exposure therapy at Renew is a safe, controlled way to confront and gain control over fears and anxieties that might be holding you back.

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT):

EFT aims to create a secure emotional bond, particularly in couples therapy. By focusing on emotions and how they create responses within relationships, EFT fosters healthier connections and understanding.

Mindfulness and Movement-Based Therapy:

Integrating physical movement with mindful practices, this therapy focuses on cultivating awareness, relaxation, and well-being. Experience the profound connection between body and mind with our specialized programs.

Cognitive Processing Therapy:

Especially beneficial for those dealing with trauma, Cognitive Processing Therapy helps you understand how certain events have altered your feelings, thoughts, and behaviours, guiding you towards recovery.


How Can Counselling or Psychotherapy Help Me?

Counselling and psychotherapy can help you deal with issues that are getting in the way of living your life the way you want to.  For example, experiencing anxiety symptoms that are holding you back from joining an activity you want to do, or feelings of depression that are making it hard to enjoy the time you spend with your loved ones or friends.  Counselling and psychotherapy can help you reflect and learn how to develop skills that you need to live your life on your own terms.

What's the Difference Between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

There is a lot of overlap between counselling and psychotherapy.  They are both kinds of talk therapy and our therapists use both approaches (as appropriate) in their practices.  

Aside from the legal definitions described in the section below, there are some differences in approach.  

  • Psychotherapy tends to focus on gaining insight into the presenting problems.  It sometimes has a heavier focus on exploring the client’s thought processes.  It is more focused on longer-term solutions for recurring problems.
  • Counselling, on the other hand, is often considered to be a shorter-term treatment with a wellness focus.  It is more focused on specific solutions to a problem that is presenting in the moment.

Counselling, Psychotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Psychiatry... Who Does What?

There are so many different terms for professionals who support mental health.  It can be very confusing!  Here’s a quick explainer.

Psychotherapy is a regulated term for talk therapy. That means that, legally, only certain professionals with specific training are able to say they do it. The term counselling, however, is NOT regulated, meaning that anyone can say they are a counsellor, regardless of their training.

In Ontario, psychotherapy can be practised by six different regulated professions; psychotherapy, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, and occupational therapy.  Each regulatory college has specific training and educational guidelines for what the professional has to do to practise as a psychotherapist.  

Occupational therapists (OTs), social workers (SWs) and nursing (RNs) professionals also provide other kinds of health care and therapy, meaning that not all OTs, RNs and SWs are able to practise psychotherapy. This can make it very confusing to know who you need!

With so many different professions that would potentially be able to provide psychotherapy, and so many other non-regulated professions that can provide counselling without the extra psychotherapy education, how do you know where to go for help? 

Here’s a quick breakdown that is most pertinent to our practice at Renew:

  • Psychiatrist: diagnoses, prescribes medication, provides psychotherapy
  • Psychologist: diagnoses, provides psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapist: provides psychotherapy, often with a self-exploration/self-discovery focus
  • Occupational therapy: provides psychotherapy (among other things), often with a focus on behavioural change

As you can see, at Renew, our psychotherapists and occupational therapists both practice psychotherapy, but there are some differences in their approach.  Although there is quite a bit of overlap, a psychotherapist will generally use psychotherapy to help you with self-exploration and the development of a stronger sense of self.  An occupational therapist using psychotherapy will generally help you use it to improve your daily function and promote functional, behavioural change.

Frequently Asked Questions

Counsellors provide support and guidance to individuals with depression, helping them explore emotions, develop coping strategies, and work towards healing and recovery.

Various approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure Therapy, can be effective for anxiety. The best approach depends on individual needs and preferences.

Yes, you can get counselling for anxiety at Renew Neurotherapy’s psychotherapist clinic. Our experienced therapists provide tailored support to help you manage anxiety and improve your overall well-being.

Your choice between counselling and therapy depends on your specific needs and goals. Counselling is typically targeted at addressing particular issues, while therapy takes a more comprehensive approach, delving into the root causes behind those challenges.

To start counselling, simply contact Renew Neurotherapy’s psychotherapy clinic and schedule an appointment. Our staff will guide you through the process and match you with a suitable therapist.

A psychotherapist is a trained professional who provides therapy to individuals facing various mental health challenges. They employ different therapeutic techniques to support clients on their healing journey.

Yes, psychotherapy has been proven effective in treating a wide range of mental health issues. It offers support, tools, and strategies to help individuals improve their well-being and overcome challenges.

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