Stefan de Villiers

Address : 104-1240 Kensington Road NW, PMB #237, Calgary, AB T2N 3P7
Profession : Social Worker
EMDR designation(s) : EMDR Basic Training

Other Cities : Anywhere in the province in Alberta
Language(s) : English
Population(s) served : Adolescents, Adults, Seniors
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Phone : 587-885-5971 x 101
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Registering association : Alberta College of Social Workers


Every person is different. Because of this, Stefan adapts his approach for each client. The following are a few of the primary theoretical approaches and models you may encounter in your sessions, each grounded in solid research.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy: EMDR was developed by US psychologist and educator Francine Shapiro, and has been found to be very effective in the treatment of traumatic stress and other mental health conditions. EMDR is based on the idea that clients' symptoms are often due to incomplete processing of disturbing life experiences. EMDR is a method that allows for memory processing and integration of traumatic experiences, allowing you to be more adaptive in facing present and future challenges.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Developed by Drs John and Julie Gottman, and based on decades of research, this method of couples therapy provides you with a roadmap for managing conflicts, deepening friendship and intimacy, sharing your dreams and life purpose, and building a sound relationship. The Gottman method helps couples to develop antidotes to harmful communication patterns, and heal past hurts while minimizing relapse.

Narrative therapy: This respectful, non-blaming approach centres the client as the expert in your own life and helps you re-author painful narratives that no longer serve you. Narrative therapy sees problems as external to the client and assumes that you have existing resources, abilities and skills that can help resolve the problems you face. Two key principles of narrative therapy are continued curiosity, and the courage to ask questions for which you do not have the answers. Narrative therapy emphasizes how our social environment shapes the stories we tell ourselves, for better or for worse.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT): CBT is an evidence-based psychotherapy with a proven track record in treating depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship difficulties, and a range of other mental health issues. This form of structured therapy is based on the principles that psychological problems are in part the result of unhelpful thinking patterns, and are aggravated by learned or unhelpful behaviours. From a CBT perspective, people's suffering can be treated by learning better coping skills and transforming self-limiting beliefs.

Other models that Stefan regularly draws on include: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Relational Life Therapy for couples.