The foundation of my work is narrative therapy. I draw practices from cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and Tapping (EFT). I also have Parts 1 and 2 EMDR training.
What’s Narrative Therapy?
Narrative is a practice that helps individuals live fully by connecting them with what is most important to them. It’s a respectful, non-blaming approach that centers people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, beliefs, values, commitments, and abilities that will help separate them from the influence of problems in their lives. I trained with the originators of this practice.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a technique for rapid healing from distressing events. I was fortunate to train directly with Francine Shapiro, who developed the practice. It’s a lot simpler than it sounds. You target an unwanted memory or belief while moving your eyes from side to side. You can also use hand taps. You interrupt thought patterns that are neurologically coded and free yourself to introduce new, life-enhancing thoughts.
Tapping, also known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), is a simple practice that you can learn to do on your own. You apply light pressure to acupressure points which calms down your nervous system and activates feel-good hormones. It has a similar result to EMDR but uses a different method. When dealing with heavy or complicated issues, it helps to have a therapist’s support and guidance.
What’s Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
CBT helps you expand your options by changing the way you think and act.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of experiences, rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. Creativity and possibility exist only in the present.