Treatment and Psychological Modalities

I am trained in the psychotherapeutic tradition of professional therapy, and it applies to your therapeutic sessions and treatment plan, however……what is Contemplative Psychotherapy?

How does Contemplative Psychotherapy treatment goals and modality differ from traditional therapy sessions? Most therapists may only apply a one and only preferred modality that they have either been certified in or trained in college.

Contemplative Psychotherapy holds the belief that the client can find their own personal answers and insights through and by their own contemplative insights. The psychotherapists does not provide the “answers” but will point you in the right direction to discover what you may wish or need to discover.

Of course, I am a therapist trained in psychotherapy and those skills are applied to your treatment plan. However, I find client’s are more empowered to grow when they can recognize (through my therapeutic supports) their own habitual patterns that cause them suffering. Through your personalized treatment plan, you will gain insight into patterns, obstacles, and unconscious defenses you may use that you to avoid difficult emotions or trauma, and gain the knowledge and techniques using contemplative tools to become unstuck.

Contemplation practices from your own cultural background and belief systems will be used to gain insight and personal wisdom. Benefits are recognizing root causes and patters that arise from your family system, recognizing and identifying emotional/trauma triggers, how you get stuck in habitual patterns, what your strengths are, and how and if trauma or a common disorder (i.e., depression/anxiety) affects your wellbeing, and how you can work with it. You will also learn from your personal contemplative practice, how you always have had and contain basic goodness as a person.

Some examples of contemplative practice may be: meditation, yoga, religious/spiritual ceremony/ritual, creating a in-home retreat, using music or artistic expression, mandala creation, Zen or Tibetan psychological tools of contemplation, using communing with nature as a tool for healing and contemplation, equine or animal therapy, etc..

Then there is the combination of traditional therapy, where the therapist uses sessions as a tool for inner reflection, emotional regulation techniques, trauma resolution, using session as mirror/feedback back to client’s insight, using an objective professional observation of cognitive and emotional distortions, and using the therapeutic relationship as healing relationship for client. Always unconditional regard and empathicly attuned for client, couple, or family.

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