Psychologists select therapies that are based on research and conform to established best practices. We match interventions to client symptom profiles and client outcome goals. The interventions most often used by Dr. Holt in her treatment services are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and techniques from Interpersonal and Supportive therapies.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focuses on the influence of thoughts and beliefs on emotion and behaviour. The aim is development of healthy thinking that will promote adaptive functioning. Psychologist and client collaborate to identify maladaptive thought and behaviour patterns and to develop action plans for change. Between-sessions homework is a feature of CBT.
Interpersonal Therapy aims to improve client’s patterns of communication and ways of relating to others. Psychologist and client identify triggers to troubling emotions and as they talk together, clients are supported toward healthy expression of emotion and guided toward behavioural change.
Supportive Therapy techniques direct attention to symptom relief, improved self-esteem and restoration of previously effective functioning. They can be used alone, as in brief therapy, or combined with other treatment modalities. Supportive strategies can help psychologist and client build a comfortable and effective treatment alliance and, in termination planning, serve to emphasize client goal achievements.
In her treatment work, Dr. Holt maintains focus on client strengths and acknowledges client growth toward independence from need for therapy support. She provides both individual and group therapy for anxiety and mood disorders, relationship, stress, lifestyle, behavioural and performance difficulties.