I have developed a model called Presence Psychotherapy. This therapy integrates evidenced-based therapies listed below with practices that help deepen the experience of Presence. Presence is a few things. Presence is being grounded and open in the present moment. It is the spacious capacity to sit with emotions from a place of compassion. It is also awareness of transcendent oneness. This model creates well-being. Learn more about Presence Psychotherapy.
Internal Family systems (IFS)
As a certified IFS therapist for many years, my work is strongly rooted in the IFS model. IFS is a body based therapy that recognizes that we all have many parts of us. Each part has its own goals, values, beliefs and feelings. Parts can work together harmoniously, or they can be in conflict with each other which we then experience as ambivalence or internal strife. Some parts are young and have experienced disappointment, pain or trauma. When people get “triggered”, or over-react, it’s because a young part that has unresolved, or unburdened feelings and beliefs, comes to the surface and we identify with it. IFS therapy helps you access calmness and compassion, and teaches you how to get to know and heal young parts and protective parts without feeling overwhelmed by them.
Somatic experiencing (SE)
Somatic Experiencing evolved from understanding the nervous system’s response to stress and trauma. I have been an SE advanced practitioner for nearly 10 years. Unprocessed upsetting relationships and experiences are held in the body. Through awareness, these places in the body are identified. SE techniques allow the body to resolve fight or flight responses to traumatic experience. This results in increased ability to live in an optimal balance of readiness to respond to life effectively and calmness.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR offers a quick way to resolve traumatic experience. It involves changing negative beliefs, images, and feelings from upsetting events by focusing on them in small doses. Visual, auditory, or tactile stimuli are added to help the brain reprocess upsetting material. I am have trained in levels 1 and 2 for over 15 years.
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
AEDP is very effective at helping people heal from relationships that caused pain. A strengths based model for healing attachment wounds, AEDP helps people experience increased self esteem quickly. I am level 1 trained and have worked closely with Diana Fosha, founder of AEDP.
Relational psychodynamic theory helps guide the therapist to stay receptive and open to the feelings the client is having about the therapist and the therapy. For any therapy to be successful, the client needs to feel safe enough with the therapist to explore feelings and thoughts. Relational psychodynamic work is sensitive to this and helps facilitate a good working relationship between therapist and client. I completed 3 years of analytic training at NIP in NYC.