MY SERVICES AND APPROACH TO YOUR TREATMENT
First and and foremost, I want to get to know you. Who are you? What is important to you? What is getting in the way of you living your life the way you want to be living it?
You may be seeking out support to work on a specific trauma (or traumas) that you know are having an impact on you. You may be interested in trying a specific modality, such as Somatic Experiencing®. You may feel disconnected from your body or your life and want to find your way back into presence. You may be interested in changing how you cope with chronic pain, or increasing your connection with your sexual self. You may be seeking support to move past a specific incident such as difficult childbirth, a sexual or boundary violation, a medical trauma, or an accident.
I want to work with you to identify your goals and make a plan together to reach them.
If you are wondering if this is a good fit for you, send me an email, give me a call, or book a free discovery call and I will be happy to answer your questions.
The following are treatment modalities that may be utilized in our sessions.
Somatic Experiencing® is a nervous system based psychotherapy approach to healing trauma and improving a person’s capacity to engage in everyday life and move past trauma. Through a somatic experiencing lens, trauma occurs when we encounter a situation or stressor that is bigger than what our nervous system can tolerate; through listening to the nervous system and body and allowing time and space for healing to occur, we can heal trauma and re-engage in life.
ACCELERATED RESOLUTION THERAPY (ART)
ART is a “rapid recovery” modality for treating trauma. ART combines imaginal exposure, bilateral stimulation through use of eye movements, and somatic processing (processing trauma through body sensations) to reduce the emotional connection to a trauma and change distressing and intrusive images. It is a very controlled method that contains the trauma and provides resolution at the end of the session. Most people experience significant resolution of trauma symptoms within 1-3 ART sessions, with complex and cumulative traumas generally requiring a maximum of 8 ART sessions.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)
As noted in the name, CBT is focused in cognitions (thoughts) and behaviour. The premise of CBT is that our thoughts impact our actions and behaviours, our thoughts can be observed and modified, and our behaviours can change in response to changes in our thoughts. There are several other therapies that are closely connected with CBT, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Behavioural Activation, and Prolonged Exposure.
ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT)
ACT is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy that focuses on increasing psychological flexibility, or in other words, our ability to respond to various situations in a way that is in line with our values. An ACT approach will support you in getting unstuck from difficult thoughts, identifying your values, move into value based actions, and be more present in your own life.
Behavioural activation approaches are based in changing behaviours in order to change thoughts and emotions. PGAP (Progressive Goal Attainment Program) is an example of a behavioural activation program. Behavioural activation supports individuals to start making small changes to their everyday routines and activities in order to build success and momentum for larger changes such as returning to work after an injury or mental health leave.
Exposure therapy can be either imaginal (calling a trauma up in your mind), or in vivo (actually visiting a triggering environment or encountering a trigger in session). Exposure is completed in a controlled way, starting with more tolerable triggers and working through to more challenging aspects of a trauma, and generally involves a combination of imaginal and in vivo exposure.
Heartmath is an approach to increasing heart coherence or heart rate variability, which has been shown to play a role in overall health. Heartmath offers a variety of techniques that are helpful for increasing coherence in the nervous system, technology to measure coherence, and interactive games and activities for coherence training. It can be integrated into other therapeutic approaches, or it can be something you use on your own between sessions.
I want to help you come back into your own life flow and to access what supports you to heal and live the life you want to be living.