Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is an process-oriented approach to psychotherapy that activates emotional and somatic processes through a series ofexperiential exercises facilitated in-session. The mechanism of change in EFT is transforming emotional schemes that keep us trapped in psychological distress and or prolongs our suffering. EFT is an evidence-based practice for the treatment of complex trauma, depression, and somatization as per the American Psychological Association. I completed my EFT training at York University.
FAP focuses on changing interpersonal behaviours that undermine our pursuits for meaningful relationships and our general well-being by examining what occurs within the therapy session.
Based on evolutionary psychology, CFT highlights the role of our social brain in relationship to emotional regulation and healthy attachment. CFT aims to increase emotional well-being through mindful self-compassion which supports healthy emotional regulation and interpersonal connectedness.
Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy aims to help people cultivate fluid awareness of their unfolding experiences rather than being preoccupied with judgments and evaluations about what is happening within and around them.
Trusting Intuitive Empathy
As a profession, social work rests on the aphorisms "trust your gut" and "life is messy lean into it." Thus, I learned early on in my training that intuition and empathy are essential ingredients to achieve the best outcomes in the healing arts. Intuitive empathy relies on the nonlinear-feeling part of our brain, not the linear-logical side. Therefore, we have to be okay with uncertainty whilst trusting our impressions that arise out of our 'spidey' sense. A sixth sense that we are trained to discount because it is hard to quantify. Dr. Orloff offered this amazing course that serves as a foundation to how I engage in the psychotherapeutic process with those of whom I consult.
Brainspotting ('aka' free flow EMDR)
Brainspotting is an integration of the practices behind Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization (EMDR) and Somatic Experiencing (SE) to support the rapid relief of emotional distress and the anxious arousal associated with trauma and anxiety. Research has shown that where we look within our field of vision is related to undifferentiated distress encoded in our procedural memories. Brainspotting harnesses the restorative capacity of the brain-body connection through directed eye movement to access and resolve the problems embedded in our procedural memories.