Interventions

The therapeutic interventions that I most commonly use (but not limited to) are:

Short-term dynamic (Habib Davanloo) – as an integrative experiential dynamic approach. This intervention facilitates the rapid resolution of a broad spectrum of emotional distress. Short-term dynamic interventions are specifically designed to heal issues such as anxiety, depression, and somatization disorders (such as chronic pain), PTSD, and more severe psychosis. This collaborative intervention alleviates a variety of self-harming behaviors, many of which derive from traumatic experiences including unstable or troubled early life attachments (emotional neglect, verbal abuse, physical & sexual abuse, and assault).

Internal systems (Richard Schwartz) – Identifies different protective parts of the self, non-judgmentally, with awareness and compassion. More severe protective parts such and anger, control issues, emotional pain (depression & anxiety), and visual flashbacks can often be a reaction to a continuum of past traumatic experiences. Your protective parts have evolved to help you protect yourself and avoid harmful memories of trauma. However, they now may be disrupting your present situation including work, school, family, fun activities, and relationships.

Strengths-based (Donald Clifton) – Focuses on your attributes rather than your weaknesses. Helping you identify your strengths that you may not have previously considered. For example, a strength that you have is taking steps to address issues to improve your mental health.

Mindfulness-based (Jon Kabat-Zinn; Joe Dispenza) – Mindfulness is a method of non-judgmentally paying attention to yourself and your environment. With practice, you will be able to notice the amount of energy you spend on ruminating or anxious thoughts (possibly disrupting your quality of sleep). Mindfulness-based interventions develop present moment and intrapsychic awareness thus diminishing uncontrolled intrusive and self-judging thoughts.

Polyvagal mapping (Stephen Porges) – Polyvagal mapping explains how neuroception (unconscious perceiving) affects the nervous system. How do you react to situations that you perceive to be distressing? For example, fight (anger, temper) flight (avoidance), or freeze (depressing, shutting down). Somatic (physical) symptoms such as anxiety and depression are directly related to your central nervous system through vagus nerve stimulation. Environmental and intrapersonal triggers related to PTSD, chronic pain, and social anxiety can be processed and healed through mapping (intrapsychic focus) the vagal nervous system.

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