I work with individuals and couples with many issues and concerns. When stress, trauma or PTSD is involved, there is generally some dysregulation of the nervous system. When ‘on the alert’ or feeling threatened, people are primed to become upset, fearful, sad, unhappy, anxious, angry or irritable. In relationships this can lead to all kinds of miscommunications and misunderstandings, and even abuse. Should the nervous system become dysregulated enough, our cognitive processes become effectively hijacked; We can not be fully functional and think straight, let alone be ourselves. The therapies I use aim to calm dysregulation so that whatever triggered the dysregulation may be addressed and effectively processed and resolved. There are many reasons and many different people I work with, but the common thread is the way the brain is wired and holds pain; that is how it perceives and reacts to threats and stress. It is my job to help my clients become less reactive and more themselves so that they can access what they authentically need to live their best life, for themselves and for the people closest to them.
A holistic approach which considers the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the individual and how they affect health and wellness.
i.e. the use of up-to-date research findings, to facilitate Counselling goals and positive change (example: relationship counselling).
Examining thoughts, perceptions, beliefs and their validity and usefulness in current life situations) (as is supported by research).
EMDR (EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING)
We are triggered in the present by not only things occurring now, but by memories encoded with similar feelings and cognitions from past events. By gaining insight and by rethinking/reprocessing these events, we can reduce or eliminate current day triggers and better remain objective and emotionally neutral in similar circumstances.
CIMBS- Complex Integration of Multiple Brain Systems
CIMBS is a ground-breaking psychotherapeutic method which maximizes the brain’s ability to rewire itself for healthier functioning. Through the use of various techniques, CIMBS guides neuroplasticity to help people reach their fullest, most authentic potential, and to live happier, more satisfying lives.
Highlighting the present and using methods such as positive reframing.
Exploring the use of dream analysis, symbolism and art therapy.
Utilizing existential principles, that is, our existence is meaningful, that we have choice, and that living our lives authentically underpins our ability to reach our individual potentials and to find life satisfaction and happiness.
Being fully present, i.e. focusing on the present moment to develop attention to perceive what is happening outside of ourselves, as well as what occurring within us: our thoughts and feelings, so that we may become a more objective and detached observer of ‘self’. Mindfulness allows for greater awareness and freedom from painful feelings and thoughts.