How I Work

Focussing on healing and transformation...

My work helping people unlock and use their natural healing abilities to transform hurt and trauma to aliveness, strength, and wholeness is drawn from Diana Fosha’s, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). This is a healing-oriented transformational model of therapy.

 

Fosha (2018)

 

People have a fundamental need for transformation. We are wired for growth and healing. And we are wired for self-righting, and resuming impeded growth. We have a need for the expansion and liberation of the self, the letting down of defensive barriers, and the dismantling of the false self. We are shaped by a deep desire to be known, seen, and recognized, as we strive to come into contact with parts of ourselves that are frozen. (forward, ix)

 

 

Elements of AEDP1

 

  • Healing from the Get-Go: Transformance as the Drive to Heal

  • Privileging the Positive, the Adaptive, and That Which Feels Right and True

  • Undoing Aloneness

  • The Importance of Positive Interactions

  • Working with Receptive Affective Experiences

  • The Importance of Making the Most of Positive Emotions

  • The Processing to Completion of Emotions Associated with Suffering: “Nothing That Feels Bad Is Ever the Last Step”

  • The Metaprocessing of Transformational Experience

  • The Transformational Affects

  • The Non-Finite Transformational Spiral

  • Core State

 

 

Other Therapies and Approaches I Use

 

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

  • Mindful Self-Compassion

  • Focusing

  • Somatic Awareness

  • Emotion Focussed Therapy

  • Attachment Theory

 

 

1 See foreword by Fosha in Hendel, (2018) for an explanation of the practice of each element in the healing/transformance trajectory.

 

Hendel, H.J. (2018). It’s not always depression. New York, NY: Spiegel & Grau.

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