Therapeutic Approaches

Internal Family Systems

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Dr. Richard Schwartz shares that IFS recognizes that our psyches are made up of different parts, sometimes called sub-personalities. You can think of them as little people inside us. Each has its own perspective, feelings, memories, goals, and motivations. For example, one part of you might be trying to lose weight and another part might want to eat whatever you want. We all have parts like the inner critic, the abandoned child, the pleaser, the angry part, and the loving caretaker.

In IFS, we do something altogether different and radical. We welcome all our parts with curiosity and compassion. We seek to understand them and appreciate their efforts to help us. But we don’t lose sight of the ways they may be causing us problems. We develop a relationship of caring and trust with each part, and then take the steps to release it from its burdens so it can function in a healthy way. Click on the video to learn more about this approach and its fit for you.

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Brainspotting

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Brainspotting uses our field of vision to find where we are holding trauma in our brain. Just as the eyes naturally scan the outside environment for information, they can also be used to scan our inside environment—our brain—for trauma.

This approach is also known as brain-body based therapy. What is felt in the body is also felt in the brain.  For example, heartache is felt in the body. Brainspotting will help you to process emotional trauma, or devaluing experiences, of the past or most recently, by targeting and releasing the burdens and healing the wounds that continue to cause you distress. It can also improve artistic and sports performances.

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The Daring Way™

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I am a Certified Daring Way Facilitator (CDWF)

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The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings. During the process, facilitators explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. Participants are invited to examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding them back and identify the new choices and practices that will move them toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.