My approach is informed and inspired by:
AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy)
Developed by Dr. Diana Fosha, AEDP recognizes that crisis and suffering create opportunities for healing and transformation. A key component is the focus on undoing aloneness through establishing a safe and secure therapeutic relationship. Through undoing of aloneness, and through the in-depth processing of difficult emotional and relational experiences, as well as new transformational experiences, AEDP work fosters the emergence of new and healing experiences, and with them resources, resilience and a renewed zest for life.
Neuroscience and Attachment Theory Research
Current brain research and the concept of “neuroplasticity” offer encouragement that we are able to develop new pathways in the brain as we change habitual patterns of thought and behavior, The exciting implication of this research is that our experiences, and where we put our attention, continue to shape our brains as we age. By learning and practicing mindful attention, we affect the structure and function of the brain, making it easier to stay present and to be less reactive, which improves our physical and mental health.
Visualization, Imagery and Expressive Therapy
The mind is a powerful tool for healing; where you put your attention affects your neurochemistry as well as your mood and motivation. Imagery involves all of the sense perceptions, and is most commonly associated with visual images. The use of imagery and visualization has been researched and proven to be a powerful tool in achieving treatment goals. You may choose from a variety of ways to express yourself including sand tray play, drawing, journaling, role playing, poetry, music and ritual. There are many possibilities based on your needs and interests.
Internal Family Systems
Internal Family Systems was developed by Richard Schwartz as a model for recognizing our core, “Self” qualities like clarity, courage, calmness, creativity and compassion. Repeating patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors are considered to be “Parts” that need our attention and appreciation so they can work cooperatively with the Self. Internal Family Systems helps us to connect with our inner wisdom and release rigid roles. This allows us to be more flexible in our behavior, thoughts and feelings and to be more in charge of our lives.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centered talk therapy approach to the treatment of developmental and trauma-related disorders. It was developed by Pat Ogden based on research in neuroscience and attachment theory. This research helps us understand that our past experiences are encoded in our body (i.e. in the nervous system, in patterns of movement, posture and sensation), not just in our thoughts. Comprehensive treatment attends to the connections between the body and the mind.