Mind Ease Therapy

About

Diana Freitas

Social Worker, Psychotherapist, MSW, RSW (she, her)

Therapy for me is about helping you to increase your capacity to respond to modern life – including the pleasant along with the challenging aspects – in a more self-compassionate and grounded manner. I aim to create new beginnings in your relationship with yourself, others, and your future. My first goal is to create a space that you will feel safe and respected as we begin your journey into self-exploration.

The values I embrace in my practice are compassion, curiosity, and collaboration. It is also important that I am intentional and authentic in my work with you. I am ready and committed to support and guide you towards changes that will move you in the direction of a more rich and meaningful life.

Education

Registration

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, Registration Number 823916

Trainings & Certificates

Beck Institute (a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing CBT and training mental health practitioners and organizations around the world)

Psychwire (World Leading Experts in Evidence-Based Therapy)

Approach to Therapy

My therapeutic approach is trauma-informed and incorporates evidence-based modalities together with my values of compassion, curiosity, and collaboration. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive space for us to work together as a team to explore what is keeping you stuck. Furthermore, I will guide you in developing and strengthening skills and strategies to help you unhook from unhelpful behaviours while moving you towards a richer and more meaningful life. The evidence-based modalities I work from are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

ACT implements acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behaviour change strategies, to increase one’s psychological flexibility. This means being able to contact the present moment by being fully aware of one’s thoughts and feelings, while also being able to take actions towards what is truly meaningful and important for that individual, usually their values.

CBT believes that how an individual perceives a situation is more closely connected to their reaction to a situation compared to the situation itself. Individuals’ perceptions can sometimes be unhelpful and/or unrealistic, and so CBT focuses on helping people identify their distressing thoughts and then to evaluate the accuracy and/or helpfulness of the thoughts. As individuals learn how to respond to their thoughts in a more realistic and helpful manner, they begin to feel better.