My approach to psychotherapy incorporates a variety of tools and interventions that can assist you in reaching your therapeutic goals. During the first phase of treatment, a full intake and assessment are completed to develop a greater understanding of the problems and patterns that are preventing you from moving forward. During this phase, we explore your family system and dynamics, the relationship that you have with others as well as yourself, your current support systems, your emotional system and how you currently manage your emotions. We explore your life history and develop deeper knowledge pertaining to the root causes of your current challenges. Together we set specific therapeutic goals which provide a roadmap for the changes that you wish to create in your life. As each client is different, a specific therapeutic plan will be created for you based on your specific needs. We will discuss which interventions would work best for your specific issues, techniques that we will use for each issue, how we will structure the sessions/treatment and agree on a strategy. Through psychoeducation, I explain each of the techniques that will be employed, the theory behind them and the expected outcomes of treatment.
Phase 1 - Stabilization
During this phase of treatment, we focus on developing skills that will assist you in better regulating your emotional states and developing a feeling of safety and calm.
This process assists us in the later phases of treatment. Other areas that we may focus on during this phase is psychoeducation pertaining to how the body is affected by trauma, attachment styles, character structures and developmental beliefs. Further client intake is done in this phase as we continue to explore your history and begin to expand upon the areas that we discussed during the initial intake so that we can further frame the areas that we will be working on together. We begin accessing the available resources that you have available to you. Mindfulness-based techniques are often employed during this phase to assist in greater awareness of the emotions present and allow us to measure the current state of emotion. You may also learn tools can assist you in increasing your ability to be present with your emotions.
Phase 2 - Reprocessing
In the second phase of treatment, we begin the deeper processing work using hypnotherapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy, NLP, relational somatic psychotherapy and/or EMDR Psychotherapy. These tools can assist in reprocessing past trauma or emotion, to develop regulation of emotions and thoughts, to harmonize parts of the system, somatic processes to assist in processing trauma out of the body and nervous system, changing perceptions of past experiences, repairing attachment trauma, processing grief, and other emotions. During this phase, we may also use tools that can help to improve self-esteem, developing better boundaries, , develop greater self-love and acceptance and reduce symptoms of PTSD and anxiety. Measurement tools and techniques are continually employed at each session to track your progress. Integration and re-evaluation techniques are also used to assist you in integrating the processing that occurs between sessions. Homework is given at each appointment to assist you in keeping focused and moving forwards between sessions. This can include listening to a prerecorded hypnosis CD, recommended reading, journalling or practicing self-care.
We continue with this phase until the desired reduction of symptoms has been achieved.
Phase 3 - Integration
In the third phase of treatment, tools and techniques are employed to assist you in developing new responses to your current life situation. This can include relational tools to assist you in developing better relationships, tools to develop greater emotional control and self-love as well as tools such as mindfulness or self-hypnosis to assist you in maintaining mental health and well being. This phase assists you in becoming more effective in life, in both professional and personal areas. This can include setting and achieving goals, developing new core belief systems, developing improved self-talk, creating self-care approaches and cognitive-based approaches to develop more positive thinking.