I am a certified Internal Family Systems therapist. IFS is an evidence-based model of psychotherapy which offers a clear, non-pathologizing, and empowering method of understanding human problems, as well as an innovative and enriching philosophy of practice that invites both therapist and client to enter into a transformational relationship in which healing can occur. Founded by family therapist Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., the model focuses on inner parts work, bringing to awareness parts of ourselves (beliefs, thoughts, feelings) that may drive our system in unhealthful ways, in order to bring harmony to the individual while respecting their various parts. Check out my site at ifspageaday.com
I am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy), and trained in Attachment-Focused EMDR through the Laurel Parnell Institute. Founded by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., EMDR is a psychotherapy treatment that is used to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. EMDR therapy facilitates the accessing of the traumatic memory network, so that information processing is enhanced, with new associations forged between the traumatic memory and more adaptive memories or information. Successful treatment with EMDR therapy aims to relieve affect distress, re-formulate negative beliefs, and reduce physiological arousal. New associations are thought to result in complete information processing, new learning, elimination of emotional distress, and development of cognitive insights.
I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. EFT is a short-term structured approach to couples' therapy developed by Drs. Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg. It is grounded in research while focusing on negative communication patterns and love as an attachment bond. Attachment between people typically provides a safe haven: a retreat from the world and a way to obtain comfort, security and a buffer against stress. Attachment also offers a secure base, allowing you to feel safe while you explore the world and learn new information. Its formation begins in childhood with a primary caretaker, such as a parent. Those early, established patterns carry through to adulthood. Attachment theory provides the emotionally-focused therapist with a "road map" to the drama of distress, emotions and needs between partners.
Other Therapeutic Modalities
I integrate mindfulness in my work and additionally incorporate when appropriate the therapeutic modalities of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Coherence Therapy (CT), Self-Compassion Therapy, and Havening Techniques.