Modalities I use for Individual Therapy

Personalized Care and Guidance

I implement effective methods to instill self-understanding among clients and encourage them to adopt new attitudes and feelings towards life situations.  I provide clients in the greater Johannesburg area, and beyond via Online therapy, a wide range of mental health services. From small scale circumstances, to traumatic experiences - my services are personalized to suit everyone’s needs.

I use an integrated approach and below I describe some of the tools we may use in the sessions.  I am a cash practice, and charge standard Psychologist rates R1000/51min.

Brainspotting

Brainspotting (BSP) is a relatively new type of therapy created by an American therapist David Grand and is designed to help people access, process, and overcome trauma, negative emotions, and pain, including psychologically induced physical pain, as well as access calm, wellbeing, expansion.


HOW DOES BRAINSPOTTING WORK?

Tthe direction in which people look or gaze can affect the way they feel. During brainspotting, therapists help people position their eyes in ways that enable them to target sources of negative emotion. With the aid of a pointer, trained brainspotting therapists slowly guide the eyes of people in therapy across their field of vision to find appropriate “brainspots,” with a brainspot being an eye position that activates a traumatic memory, painful emotion, or calm, peace, safety and other expansive emotions and experiences.

While a therapist may attempt to access both the physical and emotional “locations” of negative emotions, brainspotting therapists use something called “dual attunement,” a process through which the therapist simultaneously attunes to the therapeutic relationship as well as the brain-body response of the person in therapy. There is some evidence that brainspotting works primarily on the limbic system, a collection of brain structures that play a role in emotion, long-term memory, cognition, motivation, impulse control, and several other psychological factors that can affect well-being.

There is increasing evidence that trauma is “stored” in the body and that it can alter the way the brain works. Trauma can, for example, have an effect on emotions, memory, and physical health. Brainspotting seems to activate the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

I am a Certified Practitioner and have done the following advanced trainings: an Intensive as well as using Brainspotting with Addictions.

It can be used for:

  • All forms of trauma

  • Anxiety

  • Attention issues (ADHD)

  • Anger issues

  • Phobias

  • Substance abuse

  • Chronic fatigue and chronic pain

  • Impulse control issues

  • Sports performance issues and enhancements

BWRT

BWRT®’ stands for ‘BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®’, a modern model of psychology and psychotherapy created by UK professional therapist, Terence Watts, MCGI. It uses a totally logical, practical and down-to-earth working method in which it’s not necessary for you to talk about anything you would rather not discuss – the practitioner only needs to know how you feel and how you would prefer to feel instead. BWRT® is unlike any other therapy you might have heard of or read about, using the latest discoveries in neuroscience coupled with your own unique brain processes to help you get better. Only Certified Practitioners (I am certified and am an advanced Practitioner) have been trained to deliver BWRT® and all have to adhere to a strict ethical code. Find out more at http://www.bwrt.org

Some areas where BWRT can be used for:

  • Trauma

  • Anxiety​

  • Phobias

  • Self Esteem

  • Grief and other forms of loss

  • Dreams and wishes

  • Motivation

  • Core Identity Concerns

  • Depression

Emotionally Focused Therapy

This was originally developed as a structured approach couples therapy s a therapy  by Drs. Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg in the 1980s. It has since then been expanded to individual and family therapy as well.  It is grounded in research while focusing on negative communication patterns and love as an attachment bond.



Attachment Theory 

"Attachment" between people typically provides a safe haven: a retreat from the world and a way to obtain comfort, security and a buffer against stress. Attachment also offers a secure base, allowing you to feel safe while you explore the world and learn new information. Its formation begins in childhood with a primary caretaker, such as a parent.

Those early, established patterns carry through to adulthood. An "unavailable caretaker" creates distress in a baby akin to an "unavailable partner" creating distress in an adult. Attachment theory provides the emotionally-focused therapist with a "road map" to the drama of distress, emotions, and needs between partners, within and individual and families. 

Grounded in Science 

According to the website dedicated to EFT, a substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of this treatment exists. It is now considered one of the most (if not the most) empirically validated forms of couples therapy, with increasing research on its application for individuals and families.

Research studies have found that 70-75% of couples undergoing EFT successfully move from distress to recovery, and approximately 90% show significant improvements. This recovery is also quite stable and lasting, with little evidence of relapse back into distress.

EFT is being used with many different kinds of couples in private practice, university training centers, and hospital clinics. It is also quite useful with various cultural groups throughout the world. The distressed couples who may benefit from EFT include those where one or both partners suffer from depression, addiction, post-traumatic stress disorders, and chronic illness, among other disorders. EFT has proven to be a powerful approach for couples dealing with infidelity or other more traumatic incidents, both current and past.

Neuroscience also intersects attachment theory and EFT. More recently produced MRI studies demonstrate the significance of secure attachment.

Our attachments are potent, and our brains code them as “safety.”

According to an article on EFT in Social Work Today, any perceived distance or separation in our close relationships is interpreted as danger.

Losing the connection to a loved one threatens our sense of security. "Primal fear" ensues and sets off an alarm in part of our brain called the amygdala, also known as the fear center.

Once the amygdala is activated, it triggers our fight-or-flight response. When incoming information is familiar, the amygdala is calm. However, as soon as the amygdala encounters threatening or unfamiliar information, it increases the brain’s anxiety level and focuses the mind’s attention on the immediate situation. People go into a self-preservation mode, often doing what they did to "survive" or cope in childhood. This is the reason we are triggered as adults in our romantic relationships, in the same repeating (and unhealthy) patterns from our formative years. EFT can help to unwind these automatic, counter-productive reactions.

Fostering Healthy Dependency 

EFT provides a language for healthy dependency between partners and looks at key moves and moments that define an adult love relationship. The primary goal of the model is to expand and re-organize the emotional responses of the couple, individual and family. The therapist is the attachment figure in individual therapy and this then gets expanded to other areas in the clients life.

New sequences of bonding interactions occur and replace old, negative patterns such as “pursue-withdraw” or “criticize-defend.” These new, positive cycles then become self-reinforcing and create permanent change. The relationship becomes a haven and a healing environment for both partners, the individual or the family.

Systemic Constellations

Traditionally, Family Constellation is a powerful method to help you recognise difficult entanglements,  in your family of origin, in your present family or relationship as well as in your business/organisation. Solution-oriented interventions bring understanding, which is followed by a deep relaxation that allows love to flow again between members of the family system/around the issue.

Systemic Family Therapy was first developed by the German therapist, Bert Hellinger. In this therapeutic approach, we consider the individual as part of a greater whole – a family system/a group – rather than as a separate entity. Ones individual behaviour, feelings and attitudes, have to be understood in the context of this larger group. As in any other system, unspoken laws operating  guide behaviour that we, as family members, are largely unaware of. Suffering usually arises in a family member when one or more members of the system unconsciously violate these archaic laws. They do this unknowingly, not out of rebelliousness as one might expect, but out of love – a ‘blind’ love.

A similar understanding is applied to the current issue/relationship/decision/organisation/business issues. We use a system of representation and tap into the knowing field to explore the issues an entanglements. 

I use Constellation work in this way as well as using elements of it as issues, decisions, and blocks surface in therapy.

I am a trained facilitator.

Some Applications:

  • family conflicts

  • business development

  • organisational conflicts

  • parenting concerns

  • couple dis-entangalments

  • decisions

  • opening to the new

  • sibling conflicts

  • feelings of un-ease

  I love combining Brainspotting with Consrtellation work with individuals. 

Many couples find constellation work really important in creating understanding and clearing entanglements to allow the love to flow.

HeartMath

HeartMath is a system which uses biofeedback to allow us to self-regulate and also access our optimal performance. It is also  am amazing tool to build resilience. You will learn to use your heart and heart rate variability to do this and shift your base-line.

While I integrate HeartMath as part of the therapeutic process I also offer specific HeartMath coaching sessions.  These are 4 - 6 sessions and we work through the HM coaching courses. These may be: Voyage to Heart Intelligence; Stress Resilient Programme; strategies for coherant performance. 

For me HeartMath forms part of the Personal Development arena. Now  that you have healed, we can shift to changing your baseline of operation. This process is a form of active meditation so that you can perform better in your life and shift in the moment when a difficulty shows up. it is also a great way to set your intention and energy for the day, with a HeartLock-in. Other tools you will learn are: Neutral (to help the amygdala), Quick Coherence, and Freeze Frame. You will be able to do a Heart Map as part of your brain storm. This is a practice that requires an app, and a device to read your Heart Rate variability and Coherence levels. Visit here for more information and to see the extensive research that has been and is being done into the field of Heart Coherence. Ps when we work with the heart, our brain changes. 

The Enneagram

The Enneagram is an archetypal framework that offers in-depth insight to individuals, groups and collectives. Consisting of three centres of intelligence, nine main Enneagram types, 18 wings, three subtypes and Triadic styles, the Enneagram offers a rich map to personal development from an open systems perspective. It does not box in people, but rather opens a pathway to self-discovery and greater personal awareness.

I use the Enneagram and/or the MBTI as a personal development and therapeutic tool. The Enneagram offers insight into your motivations of behaviour (ENNEAGRAM) and Preferences (MBTI). Once we understand that, we can then expand and find ways to access aspects of our selves that will enable us to overcome the struggle that we are currently having.  


I often use HeartMath, MBTI and the Enneagram as tools together to access our heart's intelligence and navigate the developmental areas of our personality type.


I love combing the MBTI and the Enneagram with my work with individuals, couples and teams to really understand the richness in preferences and motivations, while also exploring choice in behaviour and development across life-span.


The Integrative solutions website has this to say about the Ennegarm:

The Enneagram is an archetypal framework that offers in-depth insight to individuals, groups and collectives. Consisting of three centres of intelligence, nine main Enneagram types, 18 wings, three subtypes and Triadic styles, the Enneagram offers a rich map to personal development from an open systems perspective.


Neither the Enneagram not the MBTI boxes in people, but rather opens a pathway to self-discovery and greater personal awareness, and dynamics.

Working with the Enneagram and/or MBTI empowers individuals to take responsibility for their own behaviours and growth, from a greater understanding of why they act and react the way they do, and their preferred styles of engaging with the world.

MBTI

The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an introspective self-report questionnaire indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.[1][2][3]

The original versions of the MBTI were constructed by two Americans, Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers.[4] The MBTI is based on the conceptual theory proposed by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung,[5] who had speculated that people experience the world using four principal psychological functions – sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking – and that one of these four functions is dominant for a person most of the time.[6] The four categories are Introversion/Extraversion, Sensing/Intuition, Thinking/Feeling, Judging/Perception. Each person is said to have one preferred quality from each category, producing 16 unique types. 

I use the Enneagram and/or the MBTI as a personal development and therapeutic tool. The Enneagram offers insight into your motivations of behaviour (ENNEAGRAM) and Preferences (MBTI). Once we understand that, we can then expand and find ways to access aspects of our selves that will enable us to overcome the struggle that we are currently having.  I often use HeartMath, MBTI and the Enneagram as tools together to access our heart's intelligence and navigate the developmental areas of our personality type. I love combing the MBTI and the Enneagram with my work with individuals, couples and teams to really understand the richness in preferences and motivations, while also exploring choice in behaviour and development across life-span.


Neither the Enneagram not the MBTI boxes in people, but rather opens a pathway to self-discovery and greater personal awareness, and dynamics.

Working with the Enneagram and/or MBTI empowers individuals to take responsibility for their own behaviours and growth, from a greater understanding of why they act and react the way they do, and their preferred styles of engaging with the world.

 

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