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OUR STORY

The Beginning of a Bio-Psycho-Social Approach to Mental Health

The standard model of mental health includes both psychological and social well-being, but often fails to take into consideration any underlying physiological changes. Over the last few decades, more and more research is confirming the inter-connectivity of the brain, body, and mind - it's impossible to change one and not the other! Research is now showing that many "mental" issues are highly correlated with real, physiological changes in the brain and body. It's here that our story begins.


Our approach embodies a bio-psycho-social approach to wellness, where we first address any underlying physiological issues as needed, and then move on to psychological and social concerns. We begin with an array of physiological, psychological and social assessments to create an individualized and holistic treatment plan. We combine cognitive therapies with the latest evidence-based treatments such as biofeedback, neurofeedback, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and other mind-body therapies. Our goal is to optimize the way your brain, body and mind work together.

DR. JOAN WRIGHT

Senior Psychologist & Owner

“As a psychologist, I was trained to work with the mind via cognitive behavioral therapy: change the way you think and you will change the way you feel. For many clients, this works. However, there are those for whom their issues have been longstanding, often from trauma-based experiences and/or an accumulation of stress, and despite my years of training and experience, I could not “talk them out” of their pain. I have always been on the search to find alternative means of intervention to facilitate psychotherapy.

In 2012, I re-met my now husband who was a serving colonel with the Canadian Forces. Together our passions for helping those who have suffered stress injuries, both military and non-military, led us to a conference in New York State that focused on how to help those with operational PTSD.  Among the presenters were Peter Levine, Bessel van der Kolk, Jon Kabat Zinn, all major researchers and practitioners in the PTSD world.  Bessel van der Kolk validated that talk therapy is not the starting point for those dealing with PTSD.  He proceeded to outline empirically based pre-therapy options, to include neurofeedback.  Excited by the possibility of building resiliency in those serving with the Canadian forces, my husband sought out neurofeedback training for himself. The results were impressive which mobilized me to open the MindShift Clinic in Fredericton in February of 2013."