Therapeutic Modalities

I warmly invite you to explore the following modalities that I use to see if they feel like a good fit for you.

 

Expressive Art Practices

 

Alongside talk therapy, you are encouraged to explore your responses, reactions, and insights via encounters with various expressive arts processes. Informed by the unfolding process of creating and working with your imagination, a connection occurs that supports you to create new experiences, insight, and direction. 

 

Narrative Therapy

 

Narrative therapy is a collaborative and non-pathologizing approach to counselling which centers you as the expert of your own life. A narrative approach views problems as separate from who you are as a person, and assumes that you have many skills, abilities, values, commitments, beliefs and competencies that will assist you to change your relationship with the problems that influence your life.

  

Emotion Focused Therapy

 

Emotion-Focused therapy supports you to:

~ Become more aware of your emotions.

~ Learn to welcome, allow, and regulate your emotions.

~ Learn to describe your emotions clearly and in detail

~ Increase awareness of the multiple layers of your emotional experiences.

~ Evaluate whether your emotions are helpful or unhelpful in various situations

~ Learn to use helpful emotions to guide your actions.

~ Identify the source of your unhelpful emotions.

~ Learn to change your unhelpful emotions.

~ Develop alternative, healthy ways of coping with situations that often elicit maladaptive emotions.

~ Form personal scripts that help you to challenge the destructive thoughts that may be associated with unhelpful or maladaptive emotions.

 

Transpersonal Psychology

 

Issues considered in transpersonal psychology include your spiritual self-development, your self beyond your ego, peak experiences, mystical experiences, spiritual crises, spiritual evolution, religious conversion, altered states of consciousness, spiritual practices, and other sublime and/or unusually expanded experiences of living. The discipline attempts to describe and integrate spiritual experience within modern psychological theory and to formulate new theory to encompass such experience.

 

Integrative Psychotherapy

 

The term "integrative" of Integrative Psychotherapy has a number of meanings. It refers to the process of integrating the personality: taking your disowned, unaware, or unresolved aspects of the self and making them part of your cohesive personality, reducing the use of your defense mechanisms that inhibit spontaneity and limit flexibility in problem solving, health maintenance, and in relating to other people, so that you can re-engage with the world with full contact. It is the process of making whole. Through integration, it becomes possible for you to face each moment openly and freshly without the protection of a pre-formed opinion, position, attitude, or expectation.

 

Logotherapy

 

Logotherapy is a term derived from “logos,” a Greek word that translates as “meaning,” and therapy, which is defined as treatment of a condition, illness, or maladjustment. Developed by Viktor Frankl, the theory is founded on the belief that human nature is motivated by the search for a life purpose; logotherapy is the pursuit of that meaning for one’s life. 

  

Inner Family Systems Therapy

 

The IFS Model views a you as containing an ecology of relatively discrete minds - or differing personality "parts." Each aspect of you has valuable qualities and each of which is designed to - and wants to - play a valuable role within. These parts are forced out of their valuable roles, however, by life experiences that can reorganize your inner family system in unhealthy ways.

 

A good analogy is an alcoholic family in which the children are forced into protective and stereotypic roles by the extreme dynamics of their family. While one finds similar sibling roles across alcoholic families (e.g., the scapegoat, mascot, lost child), one does not conclude that those roles represent the spiritual essence of those children.

 

Because you are unique, once released from your family roles by intervention, can find interests and talents separate from the demands of your family. The same process seems to hold true for internal families - parts that are forced into extreme roles by external circumstances, once they feel safe, they gladly transform into valuable inner family members.

 

Positive Psychology

 

Positive psychology is the study of happiness. Psychology has traditionally focused on dysfunction—people with mental illness or other psychological problems—and how to treat it. Positive psychology, in contrast, focuses on how you can become happier and more fulfilled. This includes focusing more on your talents and meaningful purposes as a means to overcome the downward spiral of negative beliefs.