Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change movement habits in our everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination.

Bonding Psychotherapy

Bonding Psychotherapy, based on the work of the late Daniel Casriel, makes use of everyone's need for physical closeness and emotional openness to encourage the intense expression of emotion. This allows the emergence of unconscious negative self-defining attitudes, which are then positively restructured, leading to a greater sense of well being. It is most successfully practiced in a group setting wherein the sharing and trust that are engendered favor the physical and emotional openness which leads to healing.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Depressed or anxious people often frame as truth a world view which is rooted in personal feelings rather than in reality. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy challenges these interpretations and helps clients develop new thoughts and interactions.

D.I.R. Approach

The D.I.R. approach was developed by Drs. Stanley Greenspan, M.D. and Serena Weider, PhD. It involves meeting the child at his or her current developmental level and building upon the particular strengths of the child. The model focuses on developing a solid developmental foundation from which the child can learn.

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT)

This research-validated, brief therapy approach based on attachment theory and the neurosciences has been developed by Dr Sue Johnson in Canada over the past 30 years. It views distressed couples as being trapped in a repetitive, negative dynamic that makes it very difficult—and often impossible—for partners to respond to each other’s needs for closeness, security, recognition, affection and desire. As a first step, EFT helps couples become aware of this toxic dynamic and of their respective positions and roles within it. The second phase of therapy aims at restructuring the bond between the partners and thereby changing negative behaviors. The title of the method reflects the focus on emotion as organizer of inner experiences and key interactions in love relationships. EFT transforms the emotions that underlie each partner’s behavior, thus fostering the creation of secure, deep and satisfying bonds in the couple.

Emotion Focused Therapy for Individuals

Developed by Leslie Greenberg, EFT is an empirically based model that helps people recognize, understand and transform their emotions. EFT helps us not only identify the origin of psychological problems but also helps us understand how these problems persist, opening the way to change.

EMDR Trauma Resolution

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming and consists of bilateral ocular, auditory or tactile stimulation leading to rapid resolution of symptoms linked to past events. This is a highly effective means of addressing and resolving difficult experiences in the past which have limited a client’s capacity to realize life goals. It is particularly successful in reaching areas which have been avoided by providing a non-intrusive method of coming to peace with the issues. In France, this work has been popularized by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber in his book Guerir as well as his many television appearances.

Ericksonian Hypnotherapy

Dr. Milton Erickson pioneered the concept of ‘indirect hypnosis’. Through the therapist’s use of special language skills, the client’s conscious mind can be bypassed and indirect suggestions made to the unconscious mind leading to a long-lasting and beneficial effect.

Ericksonian Hypnotherapy – Ethnopsychiatry

This is a branch of clinical psychology developed in France by Georges Devereux and Tobie Nathan. It is a methodology and clinical treatment approach that combines anthropology and clinical psychology. It promotes an in-depth exploration of how culture molds individual and collective psychology, psychopathology, relationships and family dynamics in order to develop innovative approaches to treatment.

Expressive Therapies

Expressive therapies emphasize creative and nonverbal modalities (ex: art, role-playing, movement, focusing) to draw out a client’s creative problem solving potential and other resources. These techniques can be particularly helpful with blockages.

Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt therapy is a psychology and method with a rich and unique view of everyday life, the depths and difficulties which life encompasses. Gestalt intervention defines, clarifies, and resolves inner conflicts between the authentic self and the non-constructive and often abusive inner critic. It was developed by Dr. Fritz Perls and was considered a groundbreaking methodology during the 1970’s.

Holistic Hypnotherapy

Holistic Hypnotherapy is an inner spiritual journey to connect with one’s essence and the wise Higher Self for guidance, healing and truth. It has a broad range of applications and is also called Soul-Centered Hypnotherapy and Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy. Works at a profound level to resolve emotional, spiritual, psychological and physical issues.

Integral Psychology

Integral Psychology seeks to address issues occurring on all levels of our being, body, mind, soul, spirit and our relationship to the world around us. Because it is not limited to cognitive or behavioral aspects of self, but places a strong emphasis on spirituality, it therefore endeavors to create true and lasting transformation.

Integrative Therapy

Integrative Psychotherapy takes into account many views of human functioning. The psychodynamic, client-centered, behaviorist, cognitive, family therapy, Gestalt therapy, body-psychotherapies, object relations theories, psychoanalytic self psychology, and transactional analysis approaches are all considered within a dynamic systems perspective. Each provides a partial explanation of behavior and each is enhanced when selectively integrated with other aspects of the therapist’s approach.

Intercultural Communication

Intercultural communication is an interdisciplinary methodology which tracks patterns of difficulties occurring between peoples of different cultural backgrounds as they interact with their new environment or even within their own families during relocation to foreign countries. These difficulties affect relationships as well as the success or failure of international management projects. Often the “trailing spouse” is the one who experiences the most difficulty, having to cope with an entirely new environment with neither professional nor social anchors.

Mediation

Mediation is a method of conflict resolution that seeks to reach decisions satisfactory to both parties. As an alternative to the adversarial system in case of divorce or separation, it can help reduce the emotional upheaval for the couple and the children and lay the basis for putting in place the new family constellation. Mediation, practiced by counselors, lawyers and therapists, has longed existed in other countries and is now being given legal recognition in France.

Minnesota Model

The Minnesota Model is a multidisciplinary approach for chemical dependency utilizing the 12 steps program of recovery of AA / NA as well as group and individual therapy, treating individuals with dignity to help addicts heal physically, mentally and spiritually

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

This powerful therapeutic and self-development methodology was created in the early 1970’s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. It is the science of subjective experience (“no one perceives the world objectively, but through the filters of their personal experiences and learnings, coded in their brains”) . Some of those “learned programs” (behavioral patterns, beliefs) are enhancing, others are limiting. Decoding verbal and non verbal “language” helps to achieve maximum results in minimum time. Unlike most therapeutic approaches, NLP was not born from studying pathology but from modeling the “excellence” of well known psychotherapists, namely Fritz Pearls, Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir. NLP can help you clear the past, break old patterns, reframe inner resistances, transform your dreams into specific achievable outcomes, enhance your relational skills and communication (with others and self). The “echology check” takes care of balance and consequences before any important change. NLP

Person Centered Therapy

Person Centered Therapy In the person centered approach, founded by Carl Rogers (1902 – 1987) the importance of the therapist’s sensitivity in tuning into the person’s inner world and the quality of the therapeutic relationship are central in offering the conditions for encouraging the growth of the person’s own inner resources.

Rebirthing

Powerful yet gentle personal transformation technique based on the breath. Very useful for opening up and releasing blockages on all levels of our being: body, emotions and mind.

Relational Psychotherapy

Not a specific theory or technique, the term “relational” refers to a perspective or way of thinking that appreciates the central role of relationships with others in the development of individual experiences and psychological states and traits. A relationally-based psychotherapeutic approach is one that explores psychotherapeutic change through an evolving relationship between therapist and client.

Systemics

Systemics is an approach to human dynamics and relationships that considers the individual within his/her family and social context in order to avoid reductive views of behavior. Systemics is a rich source for dealing with couple and family problems, and is now being applied to the work place. In individual therapy, focus on the systemic web rather than on the intrapsychic dimension also encourages creative thinking about problems.

Trauma Therapy

Deals with the short and long-term consequences from past trauma by establishing a sense of safety, from where to explore and gain new insights into the past, so that past trauma can be reintegrated in a way which frees the individual from the symptoms suffered.

Twelve Step Programs

Twelve Step Programs 12 step programs provide a structure and a human support system for treating addictions and other disorders. Working through the steps (rigorously examining positive and negative life experiences), attending regular meetings, and sharing with others who are struggling with similar issues all help people relinquish destructive behavior patterns. Additional support is obtained by choosing a sponsor (someone who has been in the program a little longer) to call upon or report to when needed.

Visualization Techniques

When visualization is used, the individual enters a state of relaxation, and, through internal images, guided by the therapist, mobilizes his or her own resources to deal with the particular problem.

Narrative therapy

This approach developed in Australia and New Zealand by Michael White and David Epston, seeks to be a respectful non- blaming approach, which centers people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many competencies, skills and abilities that, when connected with their values, commitments and beliefs, will assist them in reducing the influence of problems and re- becoming authors of their own lives.

http://www.dulwichcentre.com.au/ Australian Centre for Narrative Practices. Includes free articles for downloading.

Sensorimotor psychotherapy

Often referred to as ‘body-oriented talking therapy’, Sensorimotor psychotherapy  blends theory and technique from cognitive, neuroscience, trauma and attachment research with straightforward somatic interventions, such as helping clients to become aware of their bodies, to track their bodies and to implement physical actions that promote empowerment and competency, Client is taught to observe the relationship between the body, beliefs, and emotions, noticing how a self-representation such as “I am not good enough” both affects and is reflected in patterns of sensation, posture, gesture, breath, gait, autonomic arousal, and movement.

EMDR therapy

EMDR therapy is based on a crucial principle that there is a system inherent in all of us that is physiologically geared to process information to a state of mental health. This adaptive resolution means that negative emotions are relieved and that learning takes place, is appropriately integrated, and is available for future use. Desensitization, spontaneous insights, cognitive restructuring, and association to positive affects and resources are viewed as by-products of the adaptive reprocessing taking place on a neurophysiological level.


(Francine Shapiro: EMDR - Eye-movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, p.15)

REIKI

Reiki is an ancient hands-on healing art which promotes balance and harmony for well-being and health. Through very gentle touch, the Reiki practitioner channels the Universal Life energy (chi or ki) through their hands to different parts of the head and body. It does not involve any massage, manipulation, pressure, or pushing. Reiki facilitates emotional and physical healing, and well-being. It promotes inner peace, balance, and relieves stress.

Coherence Therapy

Coherence Therapy is one of the first models of psychotherapy which makes use of the current neuroscience research on brain plasticity and memory consolidation. It postulates that a person’s current symptoms, which often resist reduction or elimination through talk therapy, are actually generated by early emotional learnings, and were once, in fact, protective mechanism to deal with emotional pain, rejection, abuse, isolation or whatever the situation might have been.  Coherence Therapy teaches us how to work experientially to help clients uncover these emotional learnings. Gradually juxtaposing them with subsequent realizations can operate a transformation which permanently removes the symptom at its roots.
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