I am warm, active and collaborative throughout session. Also, I invite curiosity, a sense of play and humor. After all, feeling freer is joyful.
Informed by Buddhist Psychology, I mainly use Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a mindfulness somatic-based approach and EMDR. Both aim to transform stuck patterns and sabotaging beliefs—such as feeling unworthy or perfectionistic.
Rather than trying to figure out why someone acts against their best interests, with Pat Ogden's Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, we re-create an experience in session to discover the actual unconscious subverting mechanisms--and change them. This process also "wires in" resources, such as a proud moment during a recital. Key is using mindfulness to capture information bubbling up from the mind/body connection. Every problem carries it’s own cure. If we set up conditions for healing, it can naturally happen.
Eye Movement and Desensitization, EMDR, first developed by Francine Shapiro, can be quite effective with trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD. Essentially, it uses a device that creates alternating tones, eye movements or taps. This activates a chain of memories surrounding a particular event, and deactivates the triggering aspects of the memory. Afterwards, the client feels less triggered and more in control following EMDR sessions.
Buddhist Psychology integrates western psychology with eastern philosophy. Being unconditionally present to all experiences--regardless of how pleasant or unpleasant--is key. I studied with John Welwood, PhD, who urged against using Spirituality to bypass emotional or psychological issues.
Berkeley & San Francisco's Financial District
(License MFT # 40116)
Psychotherapy and Counseling
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With Sensorimotor, once root unconscious material is illuminated, we update stifling beliefs to reflect current reality. For instance, a client may come in believing he is unlovable. In working through his core belief, he viscerally understands how he came to this mistaken belief. He sees that he always was lovable, and now he is free to be who he was meant to be, versus who he had to be. Often clients then feel self-compassion, relief and authentically themselves. Some also experience an inner Spiritual connection from this work.
Standard talk therapy, is it now known, can be re-traumatizing. Sensorimotor works with trauma where it lives--as memory lodged in the body. This body memory miscues the brain to respond to threats long over. We aim to update the client's miscuing of threats, and reinstate a sense of safety and self-protection. safety taken with the trauma. Clients feel more empowered, less anxious and present.