Therapeutic Styles and Modalities Glossary

Somatic Psychotherapy

From ancient Greek roots, somat means body; psyche means breath or soul; logia means study of. Therefore Somatic Psychology is a body inclusive study of the soul.

Somatic psychotherapy is a body oriented therapy that neither separates nor isolates the mind from the body. Traumas, feelings, and emotions often lodge within the body, inaccessible to the conscious mind. This entrapment of physical and emotional experiences causes illness and can keep us in a state of both physical and emotional dis-ease. Working directly with the body and the breath facilitates the discharge of stuck emotions and allows for complete release, healing, and transformation, and ultimately a greater sense of overall joy and well-being. Addressing the whole person, this type of therapy is a natural and comprehensive method for deep and long-term healing and growth. Read More…

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

EMDR is an adaptive information processing method. This means that through the therapy, the brain is triggered to reprocess events, issues, and information that were originally inadequately or maladaptively processed due to a trauma or stressor. When information is inadequately or maladaptively processed, the brain gets stuck in the moment of the event, resulting in issues such as anxieties, flashbacks, nightmares, and disorders of numerous varieties; severe traumatic responses such as PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), phobias, obsessions and compulsions, addictions, and other debilitating issues typically develop. EMDR deals with past experiences that have laid a foundation for pathology; it targets current situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations; and it enables positive experiences needed for future functional and healthy behaviors.

The goal of EMDR is to facilitate healing by one’s own brain. The brain is stimulated in a way that the distressing memories get adequately processed to completion in a thorough and accelerated manner. Lingering effects are eliminated and clients develop more effective coping mechanisms. Clients often find rapid and definitive relief for the issues treated. Read More…

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is the oldest form of therapy, rooted in Freud’s psychoanalysis. This style of therapy enables exploration of inner known and unknown conflicts, and seeks to bring to consciousness vulnerable feelings and experiences which have been too difficult to hold in conscious awareness. Client and therapist build a safe and trusting relationship; within this secure framework they work together to develop insight about challenging feelings and experiences, and find peaceful resolution. Read More…

Orgonomy: Reichian Therapy and Character Analysis

Orgonomy is the study of life energy, developed by Wilhelm Reich in the early 1900s. It is based on Reich’s discovery of “orgone energy”, an innate, physical energy within the body. As physical tensions and emotions are released through Reichian therapy, this orgone energy moves liberally and naturally, resulting in patients being able to breathe more fully and freely and finding a greater sense of relaxation and well-being.

This is an active therapy that couples verbal therapy with somatic interventions through breath, direct manipulation, and physical expression. As your therapist, you and I build and maintain a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship that facilitates this work together. Clients typically report reduction of depression and anxiety, and they enjoy significantly less stress and physical ailments as a result of this therapy. Read More…

Yoga Therapy

Yoga philosophy and physical practices (postures) help us to experience ‘what is’. Through yoga postures and breathing, one becomes more fully grounded in the body and more deeply aware of one’s own reality. Bringing in the ancient philosophy facilitates deeper insight into the self, helping one to more clearly understand one’s own beliefs and manner of relating. Working with a therapist, one can turn inward through yoga to experience and identify issues and places of dissatisfaction.

This type of therapy helps to regulate energy level, increasing energy in cases of depression and reducing stress and slowing energy in cases of anxiety. Tension can be relieved and the system can come into a state of enhanced calm. Yoga is therefore used in psychotherapy to inform one’s psychological perspective and as a tool for energy regulation and self-soothing.
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is also used to target particularly deep rooted issues such as complex trauma and post traumatic stress (PTSD) where it works directly on the central nervous system and allows for release of traumas that have been lodged and held within.