Individual Adult Therapy

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”

-Martha Graham

Liz employs an integrative perspective to treating the whole person through trauma and attachment-focused practices with body, mind and whole Self. This approach differs from an orientation toward illness or disease, and is more focused on experiences and emotions than traditional talk-therapy. 

The primary modalities employed in my practice are Internal Family Systems (IFS), Interpersonal Neurobiological approaches (IPNB), AEDP (adult attachment work: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) and spiritual/meaning-making approaches

 

Specifically, this means that we are working directly with "parts" (see below) or emotions, as well as with themes make themselves known in the course of therapy work. These methods have been developed in order to more directly engage the client through deeper-level relating to the inner world, and to help that inner self to move more easily into the outer world of relationships and other meaning-making endeavors such as creativity and work. 

These approaches are relational in nature, encouraging connection in the "growth-facilitating" environment of the therapy dyad. This is directive work, aiming to create new pathways and to support the expansion of one's experience, in their own unique way, as they become more fully embodied in their true Self. 

This type of work is applicable to severe PTSD, depression, anxiety, questions of identity, as well as to more everyday conflicts or situations. Liz's typical client has had many years of therapy without much relief or improvement with core wounds, and has had entrenched psychological or relational problems that no single pathology can fully explain.

[The] revolutionary act of treating ourselves tenderly can begin to undo the aversive messages of a lifetime.

― Tara Brach

Internal Family Systems Therapy

Where All Parts of You Are Welcomed

 

 

Here are the Basic Assumptions of the IFS Model, from the IFS

 Institute Website

  • It is the nature of the mind to be subdivided into an indeterminate number of subpersonalities or parts.

  • Everyone has a Self, and the Self can and should lead the individual's internal system.

  • The non-extreme intention of each part is something positive for the individual. There are no "bad" parts, and the goal of therapy is not to eliminate parts but instead to help them find their non-extreme roles.

  • As we develop, our parts develop and form a complex system of interactions among themselves; therefore, systems theory can be applied to the internal system. When the system is reorganized, parts can change rapidly.

  • Changes in the internal system will affect changes in the external system and vice versa. The implication of this assumption is that both the internal and external levels of system should be assessed.

Here is Link to a Detailed Overview of the IFS Model from the IFS Institute Website:

https://ifs-institute.com/resources/articles/internal-family-systems-model-outline

artwork: New Yorker Cover, Aug 26, 2019 image by Edward Steed

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