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Relational Gestalt psychotherapy is rooted in psychodynamics, attachment theory, object-relations theory and the principles of human development. Understanding that our behavioural patterns, personality, and identity are developed and shaped by early experiences, Gestalt psychotherapy brings to light the implicit memories and unconscious processes from the past that are influencing the present. Gestalt psychotherapy, being an insight-oriented approach, is of tremendous use in deepening self awareness, uncovering the unconscious roots of our mental and emotional distress, and alleviating self conscious emotions such as shame and self blame. But while insight is a key first step, true transformation comes not just from being aware of how the past has influenced the present, but from processing through the mental, emotional and neurological remnants of those past experiences.
Somatic psychotherapy is a nervous-system based approach rooted in the understanding that the body stores information in many ways, including non-linguistic forms. Where as cognitive and analytical psychotherapy approaches often reveal the narrative that our analytical mind has created, somatic techniques engage and works with felt-experience, directly accessing raw, unadulterated emotion. Drawing on the work of Peter Levine, I utilize somatic and sensorimotor psychotherapy to help clients not just make sense of their experience on a cognitive level, but to reprocess it on an emotional and neurological level.
When we are faced with overwhelming emotional distress or trauma, our brain's ability to properly make sense of our experience is greatly diminished. This leaves the experience unprocessed and emotionally loaded.Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a technique that promotes information processing in the brain. When used during therapeutic reprocessing of a distressing experience, EMDR helps to integrate previously unprocessed information and resolve left-over emotional remnants.
Dissociation is an extreme form of compartmentalization that often occurs as a result of intense emotional experiences and trauma. Such experiences can overwhelm our ability to process and integrate them, leaving us flooded with emotion. Dissociation helps us cope with the mental and emotional distress of unintegrated experiences by creating psychological distance between us and the overwhelming material. While dissociation helps us cope with difficult experiences, it also inhibits our ability to truly move past them. When the dissociative barriers that hinder treatment are dissolved, emotional processing is expedited and transformation is possible.
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