Dr. Kim Saliba, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Kim Saliba, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Saliba has earned her Ph.D. in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and is completing registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Dr. Saliba has trained at the Hospital for Sick Children, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Along her work at the practice, she is currently working as a psychoeducational consultant at the Upper Grand District School Board. Dr. Saliba’s previous experiences include a variety of school, hospital, community mental health, and private practice settings.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) treatment is a cognitive-behavioral approach that was developed by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan in the late 1980s. It was originally used to treat borderline personality disorder, and is now used for the treatment of other mental health disorders.

The therapy is designed to help people change patterns of behavior that are not effective, such as self-harm, suicidal thinking and substance abuse. You work towards identifying the triggers that lead to reactive states and increasing emotional and cognitive regulation.

DBT therapy is most effective when used in combination with group therapy. In the DBT group, specific skills are taught to help the individuals cope. These skills are broken down into four modules: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy 

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychological treatment that helps individuals understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors. In other words, it focuses on the way people think and act. CBT helps individuals overcome problems by identifying and changing unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving. CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders including anxiety, depression, phobias, low self-esteem and addictions.

CBT is goal-oriented, present-focused, short-term, skill building, collaborative, research-based, and helpful in preventing relapse.

Cognitive Processing Therapy

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is as adaptation of cognitive behavioural therapy used to help clients recover from posttraumatic stress disorder and other related conditions. This therapy has four main components that include: learning about your PTSD symptoms, becoming aware of thoughts and feelings, learning skills, and understanding changes in beliefs.

Dr. Saliba provides individual and group therapy for children, youth and adults. She has received training in a variety of evidence-based psychotherapy approaches, most extensively in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (including relaxation, imagery, and mindfulness), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and psychoanalytic therapy (‘talk therapy’). Dr. Saliba has experience providing therapy to diverse clientele, with particular experience in treating adolescents and adults struggling with depression, self-harm, interpersonal difficulties, emotion dysregulation and impulsive behaviours. Dr. Saliba also facilitates the adolescent DBT group offered at New Leaf Psychology Centre. Lastly, Dr. Saliba also provides psychoeducational assessments for children, youth, and adults.

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