Lakeridge Counselling & Consulting Services 

Couples and Individual Therapy in Orleans, ON

Lora Bradford,

Registered Psychotherapist, CRPO #003717

BPsych, MA (Counseling Psychology), OACCPP (Professional Member)


I am a compassionate counsellor experienced with evidence-based psychosocial interventions for couples and individuals struggling with relationship issues, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse and mental health problems. I have supported clients from diverse backgrounds in various ways - from alleviating everyday stress and anxiety to managing mood, behavior and personality disorders.

I am trained in the use of Motivational Interviewing, Adlerian Psychotherapy, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Logotherapy, Trauma-Informed Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy.

I am competent in the areas of conflict resolution and crisis intervention.

In order to meet the clients' individual needs, I use an integrative approach, drawing from therapeutic models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapies, Transactional Analysis, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, First and Second Stage Trauma Treatment Methods.


My Perspective

                

Our views of self, others and the world are impacted by the effects of our environment and experiences. This interaction can, sometimes, lead us to perceive ourselves, the others (in our lives) and the world in a negative way, which could determine our interactions and behaviors. Overtime, our negative assumptions become so automatic that they start to guide our emotions and behavior without even being noticed. Automatic thoughts like "I am not good enough ...,bad things always happen to me, nobody loves me, the world is a hostile place...", quickly evoke sadness, helplessness, anxiety and guide our behavior in direction of confrontation, avoidance, or self-injurious behaviors. Increased threat perception, unbalanced view of self and unrealistic fears are characteristic for most mental health problems; they create barriers to daily life and "rob" the individual of joy, opportunities and optimal functioning.

In my view, identifying, challenging and replacing these distorted thoughts and core beliefs about oneself, the others and the world can help improve emotion regulation and restore balance in the individual's daily interactions, relationships and overall well-being.

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