More important than any specific technique or philosophy is the relationship between therapist and client. Studies show that the therapeutic alliance is the strongest predictor in treatment outcome. I offer a safe and warm environment to explore painful emotions allowing my clients to feel comfortable, accepted and understood. This connection is crucial to therapeutic change.
My approach is most influenced by the following:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT emphasizes the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. If you change the way you think about a situation, you can change the way you feel about it. We sometimes get into maladaptive thinking patterns (cognitive distortions) such as all or nothing thinking, over generalization, jumping to conclusions, catastrophizing, etc. Recognizing these negative patterns, learning how to stop it and then making necessary changes helps the client to reduce symptoms and improve well-being.
Psychodynamic Therapy emphasize the understanding of the origin of emotional distress and gaining awareness of how our internal (often unconscious) conflicts play out in our lives. Childhood events and family of origin dynamics influence the client's current life and relationships. The therapist encourages the client to process difficult emotions and memories. Many times reactions to current situations can be traced to past life events and trauma.
Meditation is an ancient tradition of calming the mind and body to experience a greater sense of inner tranquility. Mindfulness is a form of meditation in which one learns to focus attention on one thing, being fully present in the moment. Research has shown the many benefits of meditation including stress management, worry reduction, gaining insight and focus, help with addictions and aiding in sleep. There are simple practices that you can learn to incorporate into your daily routine the help you find a calmer way to live.
Positive Psychology focuses on human flourishing and optimal functioning as well as strengths and virtues that enable an individual to thrive. Studies suggest that even small changes can yield significant results. For example, expressing gratitude on a regular basis leads to better health, optimism and a sense of well-being. A special emphasis is placed on identifying and expanding the client's strengths to build mastery, resilience and a sense of purpose.
I have been trained in a variety of techniques including:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a technique that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment. Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during one part of the session. In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level.
Unlike talk therapy, the insights clients gain in EMDR therapy result not so much from clinician interpretation, but from the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes.
Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core sources of emotional pain, trauma and a variety of other challenging symptoms. It is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment, enhanced with biolateral sound, which is deep, direct and powerful yet focused and containing. Brainspotting is a tool to neurobiologically locate, focus, process and release experiences and symptoms that are typically out of reach of the conscious mind and its cognitive and language capacity.
Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET)
NET is defined largely as a stress-reduction technique that allows greater ease in the body by normalizing physical effects that may be linked to our emotions and thinking. NET has been known to dramatically improve health and allow people to experience significant personal change. Many people have reported that they felt an internal shift and sense of relief after experiencing NET. The NET Process: Practitioners who employ NET’s mind-body approach are trained to assist the body’s healing processes by identifying and balancing unresolved emotional influences caused by both real and imagined events.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused attention. The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.
Somatic psychotherapy is one of the best ways to help patients suffering from psychological traumas cope, recover and live a normal life.The word somatic is derived from the Greek word “soma” which means living body. Somatic therapy is a holistic therapy that studies the relationship between the mind and body in regard to psychological past. Our bodies hold on to past traumas which are reflected in our body language, posture and also expressions. In some cases past traumas may manifest physical symptoms like pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, sexual dysfunction and immune system dysfunction, medical issues, depression, anxiety and addiction. The main goal of somatic therapy is recognition and release of physical tension that may remain in the body in the aftermath of a traumatic event. The therapy session typically involves the patient tracking his or her experience of sensations throughout the body.
Essential oils can help alter our physical, mental and emotional well-being by triggering and strengthening our bodies' own natural processes. They are made up of tine molecules that can deliver healing properties to the systems that control our physiological state. The best way for the body to absorb the therapeutic components of essential oils is a combination of inhalation through the olfactory system of the nose and absorption through the surface of the skin.
Originated by Seena Frost, SoulCollage® is a process for accessing your intuition and creating an incredible deck of cards with deep personal meaning that will help you with life's questions and transitions. This is a multi-leveled, creative process which anyone can do. "SoulCollage® is a creative and satisfying collage process. You make your own deck of cards - each collage card representing one aspect of your personality or Soul. Use the cards intuitively to answer life's questions and participate in self-discovery. Joyfully deepen your understanding of the relationships between your personality parts, you and your family/community/world, and you and your dreams, symbols, and Spirit."