Psychotherapy Perspectives

Structural Dissociation

Dissociation is a protective mechanism of the brain and nervous system to try and minimize the impact of being overwhelmed. Dissociation happens to everyone. The degree of dissociation depends on how overwhelming the incident is to the individual, their window of tolerance to emotion and arousal in the nervous system, and the chronic nature of how often this may happen especially in childhood. Dissociation is on a spectrum. It can range from every day and normal, to severe and chronic. Treating dissociation is important in order to get to the underlying divide that disrupts the organic flow of information across the nervous system and helps treat the symptoms that are caused by dissociation. 

EMDR Psychotherapy

EMDR psychotherapy addresses experiences that overwhelme the brain’s coping capacity, thereby generating traumatic symptoms and/or harmful coping strategies.  Repeated studies show that EMDR therapy can heal in an accelerated rate from trauma. During EMDR therapy the client attends to emotionally disturbing material in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus.

Relational Psychology

Relational Somatic Psychology is an integrated approach that considers body, mind, and spirit when addressing the whole field of human suffering and transformation. The process through which we grow and change is like the course of a stream: flowing and organic. In the relational somatic process, we explore fixed ways of perceiving oneself and the world, examine the truth of our existing systems of meaning, and co-create new experiences.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a method that integrates sensorimotor processing with cognitive and emotional processing.  Sensorimotor Psychotherapy uses the body as a primary entry point in processing trauma, and as the mechanism to release the held back fight or flight defenses, attachment defenses and emotions. Unprocessed somatic responses are shown to contribute to many PTSD symptoms. Trauma profoundly affects the body and many symptoms of traumatized individuals are somatically based.

Deep Brain Reorienting

Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR) uses mindfulness and somatic experience to access the core of a traumatic experiences. By working with the part of the brain that is the first to orient in situations of danger or attachment disruption, we can quickly get to the shock or underlying attachment pain that is often very difficult to access. The healing of shock can facilitate easier and faster access to healing the deep trauma and attachment wounds that lie underneath it. The brain can then re-orient to the present moment more fully. 

Neural Organization Technique

The aim of Neural Organization Technique is to reorganize the function of the nervous system in relation to fundamental survival systems. These body systems are like a biological computer system composed of specific neurological programs for everything we see, do, and feel. Some programs are innate while others are acquired over time as needs present. Trauma, in all of its possibilities, can and will disrupt the neural programs within these reflex systems, which then send inappropriate, compensatory signals to the body. The purpose of the Neurological Organizational Technique is to re-establish optimal neural function by resetting neural pathways and undoing compensatory states.

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