Therapy modalities are a variety of treatment tools used by therapists
Transactional Analysis-Inner Child Work.
TA is the original Inner Child work that spread thorough out the psychology field. I have five years of supervision in TA and use it as my primary approach. The Inner Child is your memory of being a child and all the decisions you made that still operate. As an adult, you can re-decide decisions to make more sense today.
The type of TA I was trained in is combined with Gestalt Therapy. Gestalt uses methods to play out any opposites so you can perceive them more clearly. A common one is, “I want to quit smoking, but I don’t want to quit smoking.” Both sides have good reasons that are useful for the client to know.
I use Cognitive Therapy by David Burns in order to work with self-criticism, criticism of others and as a method of realistic assessment. This creates clarity, decisiveness and confidence.
Emotional Skills Training
Emotional Skills are more complicated that is often thought. First, there are the early experiences before age 7. These are worked with by using Focusing and Inner Child dialogue.
Second,there are emotions produced by our thoughts. These emotions begin as a child is older. They are dealt with by cognitive therapy.
Then at a deeper level, there are emotions that are triggered within the lymbic system by instinctual reactions and reside in the amygdalas and hippocampus. These are our emergency, alarm systems. These are worked with by visualization, Gestalt, reparenting and trauma methods.
Lastly, there are emotions that are triggered by archetypal images. These appear in dreams. I teach clients to work with each level.
Learning assertiveness skills, tact, communication of emotions, setting limits on others, listening skills, etc. are abilities that will determine the quality of business and personal relationships.
Drug and Alcohol Work
I can assist you with an objective assessment of your use. If you are trying to quit or reduce your use, I am experienced in working with alcohol or drug clients and their families.
The Enneagram is an amazing way of seeing the core wounding. It shows clearly what the wound is, how to heal it and then all the gifts the person has when they are healthy. When the client wants to do deeper healing, they find the Enneagram invaluable.
I have taught many models of parenting over time, but the one that stands out is Nurtured Heart. It combines the clarity of disciple and the affirmation of the child’s core self that promotes a confident child with a strong identity.
Focusing is a body-based method which is a great way to make beliefs and emotions conscious. Research showed that paying attention to the body is the foundation for permanent change.
Alchemical Hypnosis is a great method to reprogram traumas from the past and empower the person. It is often visualization work. It is a light trance work that creates strong change. The client controls the depth and content of the experience.
I have training in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Jin Shin Tara. I wanted methods for clients to work with intense emotions in between sessions. Tapping works well.
I am trained in Jin Shin Tara acupressure. It is useful to reduce emotional overwhelm.
For students, finding out how you learn can make a big difference in the time spent studying. I do assessments and teach study skills.