“True feeling justifies whatever it may cost.”
– May Sarton
Types of Therapy
The following descriptions are presented in decreasing order of frequency as practiced by Susan in working with her clients.
Connection to self and to others is both the goal and process of relational psychotherapy. Through her own interactions with the client, Susan looks at and experiences what the client’s existing relationships must look and feel like. Over time and through the work of the therapy, clients gain a different and healthier experience of relationship, which helps them perceive themselves as deserving of more connected, authentic relationships. Relational therapy strengthens and transforms a client’s sense of self, allowing him / her to feel more confident and empowered in the world. For more information, visit www.tirp.ca.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a form of depth psychology, the primary focus of which is to reveal the unconscious content of a client’s psyche in an effort to alleviate psychic tension. In this way, it is similar to psychoanalysis. It also relies on the interpersonal relationship between client and therapist more than other forms of depth psychology. In terms of approach, this form of therapy also tends to be more eclectic than others, taking techniques from a variety of sources, rather than relying on a single system of intervention. It is a focus that has been used in individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, family therapy, and to understand and work with institutional and organizational contexts.
This technique uses the body (rather than emotions or thoughts) as a means of processing trauma; it directly treats the effects of trauma on the body, which in turn changes the way the client thinks and feels. Often in combination with other forms of therapy, Susan follows a phased approach (focusing first on stabilization and symptom reduction) that uses simple body-centred interventions, and tracks, names and safely explores trauma-related symptoms in the body. As a result, the client gains new abilities and experiences a sense of well-being. For more information see www.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org.
Accelerated Experiential- Dynamic Psychotherapy (A.E.D.P)
One of the task of therapy is to make a meaningful connection. This frees [the patient] from the toxic association of closeness and intimacy with pain, anxiety and humiliation, instead, intimacy comes to be associated with the intense pleasure of the success of the relationship with the therapist. (Marke, 1995)
A.E.D.P is a creative synthesis of emotion theory, mother-infant research, and attachment theory and research, with principles and strategies drawn from both psychoanalytic and experiential traditions.
(Jeremy D. Safran, Ph.D.)