Clinical Approaches

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Clinical Modalities.

I am fluent in the following theraputic modalities or clinical approaches.

Acceptance and Comitment Therapy, a behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness skills to develop psychological flexibility and helps clarify and direct values-guided behavior.  ACT does not see clients as damaged or flawed, and does not define unwanted experiences as “symptoms”, nor does it see the behaviors that instigate these experiences as “problems.”  Behaviors and modifications are instead evaluated based on their “workability,” in contributing to creating rich and meaningful lives that support our personal valued

Archetypal psychology, an approach that focuses on what may be called the psyche, or soul, and the deepest patterns of psychic functioning, “the fundamental fantasies that animate all life.”  It attempts to recognize the myriad common themes of fantasies and myths – gods, goddesses, demigods, mortals iconography, roles and animals – that shape and are shaped by our psychological lives.

Clinical Hypnotherapy, simply speaking hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness involving the intense focus of the subconscious mind. Clinical Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, therefore, is the use of an altered state of consciousness, or trance, as a therapeutic access-point. This means that people are not treated with hypnosis but are treated in hypnosis, using the language of the subconscious.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence based approach based on the assumption that changing maladaptive thinking and distorted perspectives leads to change in mood and behavior.  This is often seen as a is “problem focused” (undertaken for specific problems) and “action oriented” (the therapist takes a teaching/assisting role in, uses homework and experimentation to address the specified problems.)

Emotionally Focused Therapy, a research backed approach that digs below the surface to find the underlying needs that are not being met and shift the negative patterns that keep people stuck.

Family of Origin / Culture of Origin, this is less of an approach and more of an emotional archaeological inquiry based largely on the foundation of Family Systems.  In this work, the therapist encourages the client to take action in their family system, supporting structured questioning into heir own family’s intergenerational patterns of relationships within the context of their family culture.

Family Systems (Bowenian) Therapy, an approach that strengthens our own self in relation to our families and important others. It is an approach that builds our ability to self-soothe and self-confront, allowing for an increased ability to participate in fulfilling relationships.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy, a research backed, highly structured approach to couples therapy that is based on seven characteristics identified in research to produce healthy relationships with above average longevity.

Heart Centered Hypnotherapy, psychotherapy in a deeper process hypnotherapy, focusing on getting underneath self-sabotaging patterns of behavior and inflexible emotional rules made in childhood that create an unsatisfactory adult life experience.

Milan Family Intervention, a post-modern approach to family systems that involves language, relationships, and differences that comprise complex circular interactions that are beyond linear understanding (family games).   Focuses on making family games and faulty attempts at solutions visible, devising interventions to break-up the game.

Narrative Therapy, an approach that challenges the limiting stories we carry about ourselves and helps us see the more empowering threads throughout our lives. It is an approach that frees us to choose the roles and stories that we want to live.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy, an approach that focuses on what is already working in our lives and finding ways to create more of that. It is an approach that opens up our dreams for our lives and encourages us to reach for them. Sometimes referred to as Motivational Interviewing.

Strategic Therapy, an approach that seeks to un-stick our stuck patterns with others, allowing us to shift into new ways of interacting.

Structural (Minuchin) Family Therapy, an approach that helps create healthy alliances, clear boundaries and appropriate interdependence.  The therapist identifies and disrupts unhealthy patterns and guides the family in settling into more healthy and adaptive interaction.