Karen T Kemp & Associates

Treatment Approaches

At Karen T Kemp & Associates Psychological and Counselling Services we use a variety of treatment approaches including evidence-based therapies such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Systems
  • Emotion Focused Therapy(EFT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic and eclectic approaches tailored specifically to each individual’s psychological needs.


Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a practical, short-term form of psychotherapy. It helps people to develop skills and strategies for becoming and staying healthy.
CBT focuses on the here-and-now—on the problems that come up in day-to-day life. CBT helps people to examine how they make sense of what is happening around them and how these perceptions affect the way they feel.


Family systems therapy has been used to treat many mental and behavioral health concerns. In general, it may be considered an effective approach for those concerns that appear to relate to or manifest within the family of origin. Family systems therapy has been shown to be effective with families, couples, and individuals.


Emotionally focused therapy has been expanded and developed as a type of couple or marital therapy and family therapy. The approach has proven successful in increasing attachment and a sense of belonging among couples and members of families.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and many other mental health problems.

Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR)

Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) involves re-experiencing past traumas in a completely safe environment, free of distractions, judgments, or interpretations.


In the past several years, Play Therapy has been accepted and acknowledged as an important and valued approach for working with children with emotional or behavioural difficulties.
Play Therapy is beneficial to a child who is experiencing difficulties in the home, school or community. It is a therapeutic approach for human service professionals and as stated by Virginia Axline, “provides an opportunity for the child to ‘play out’ his or her feelings and problems just as, in certain adult therapy, an individual ‘talks out’ his or her difficulties”.
A child’s self-understanding is one of the goals in this approach. Play Therapists work with children individually, with their families and in group settings.