Chantal Theberge, MSW, RSW

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Throughout my career, I  provided a wide range of counseling services within Hospitals, School Boards, and Community Services. In addition, my work in rehabilitation centres, has given me invaluable experience working with young offenders and youth under the protection of the Children’s Aid Society. I finally settled on running my own private practice as a psychotherapist, where I continue to gain more experience in order to provide you the best care.

I believe that every person is equipped to make positive changes in his or her life to face challenges. Sometimes, the challenges that one may face are so painful that it blinds the solutions to the problems.While using my skills and training, we will work together, in building up a relationship based on trust. Together, we will explore and find out what is not working for you. And together we will work to determine what should be done, to improve your situation. I believe that we are all different, and that we deal with problems differently. I am flexible in the approach I use, to suit what is best for you. I operate from an holistic Psychotherapeutic approach consisting of therapies such as: Cognitive-Behavioural; Eye Movement Integration Therapy; Impact Therapy, and Solution-Focussed Therapy. This approach allows me to be flexible in my interventions and also to recognize the strategies and therapeutic techniques that are more suitable for you.
 I believe that therapeutic intervention reaches its full potential when the focus of the therapy is set accordingly to your goals. My work philosophy, therefore, is to focus on your expressed needs. I believe that to ensure the success of the therapeutic process, you should feel comfortable; it is crucial that our relationship is based on trust, honesty, safety and respect. I engage myself to work in an atmosphere that shares these values!

More Information About
Eye Movement Integration Therapy

Every time I treat a client with EMI, I'm completely amazed with its results. EMI is a powerful tool capable of releasing the many burdens of traumatic experiences. In addition to the joy that this exceptional tool brings my clients and me, EMI is a therapy growing in popularity that is lauded by many professionals. In fact, a pilot study showed that, on average, a single treatment with EMI could reduce post-traumatic stress symptoms by 48%, while a full course of treatment reduced symptoms by 83%. [1] In addition, another study found that a single session of eye movement integration (EMI), a technique originating from NLP, significantly reduced the trauma symptoms in patients (12 children, aged 14–16 with suffering from traumatic experiences). The study recommended EMI to aid in the recovery of childhood trauma. [2]

Traumatic events can be deeply rooted in memories of distressing experience, and as such, treating these memories can become a challenge simply because therapeutic methods simply don't possess enough depth and power to reach the sources of the trauma. Recent research explains that highly distressing emotions are linked inappropriately via a traumatic memory network that remains unassimilated in any declarative form. EMI is a brief therapeutic approach, radically different from any other therapeutic methods; it uses guided eye movement to assist the person to access recorded information in all its multisensory, cognitive, and emotional forms in a very gentle, non-invasive way.

[1] Beaulieu, Danie. (2009) An introduction to the treatment of traumatic and distressing memories, Académie Impact.

[2] Struwig, Elsabet. (2010) An exploratory study on the usefulness of eye movement integration therapy in overcoming childhood trauma, MA Thesis, Department of Social Work, The University of Johannesburg. 

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Ottawa ON