As a psychotherapist, my practice goal is to assist patients in uncovering their core selves, connecting with their inner wisdom, cultivating mindful awareness, developing compassionate courage, and experiencing the empowerment they need to move through life with grace, ease, intent, and vitality. An essential part of my clinical and research work is to understand how the brain, mind, and body are connected and to promote personal healing and integration at all levels: social, physical, mental, and spiritual.
I focus on assisting individuals to become aware of their inner strengths and wisdom while processing difficult emotions and situations. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe place, actively listening to their concerns, and customizing a treatment plan that uses psychodynamic and compassion-focused approaches such as mindfulness, acceptance, equanimity, and kindness.
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) has developed from evolutionary, neurological, and psychological science. Although rooted in modern science, CFT also draws on Buddhist psychology. CFT has offered great results for individuals facing trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and internal conflicts.
Do you ever doubt what you really think, feel, or believe? Or do you feel uneasy around others and fear they dislike you or think the worst of you?
The art of 'thinking about thinking' is known as mentalization. As a form of psychodynamic psychotherapy, mentalization-based therapy focuses on the patient's ability to understand how actions are influenced by mental states.
If you have difficulties mentalizing, it's likely that you frequently struggle to understand your thoughts and feelings and that you occasionally make rash decisions that could frustrate both yourself and other people. Or You might occasionally assume the worst about other people, which can make you feel depressed and lonely. Through mentalization-based therapy, you can think more accurately and clearly about others and yourself, which will help you make better decisions and strengthen your relationships. It is a form of therapy that can be used by individuals, groups, or entire families, and it has positive effects on people of all ages, including children.
Mentalization-based therapy can help with the following:
Attachment-based therapy is a type of psychodynamic therapy that focuses on the thoughts, feelings, communications, behaviors, and interpersonal interactions that patients have learned to suppress and avoid or amplify and overemphasize as a result of early attachment experiences.
An attachment approach to therapy is characterized by two central processes.
The first is the development of a more open and secure relationship between the therapist and the patient. The single most powerful element identified by psychotherapy research for producing a good therapeutic outcome is the quality of the therapeutic relationship. Based on research with security-engendering mothers, attachment theory has a unique understanding of the characteristics of a security-engendering relationship. A key component of therapy is the development of a secure, responsive, and open relationship centered on the patient's difficult and worrisome issues. It is an effective technique because it encourages the patient's progressive developmental processes.
The second central process in attachment-based therapy is the facilitation and strengthening of adaptive capacities by addressing the emotions and communications that the patient has learned to suppress or overemphasize in early attachment relationships.
These two processes are central to attachment-based therapy: the establishment of a secure base relationship and the reclaiming of lost capacities. Understanding exactly what patients cannot safely think, feel, perceive, communicate, or do allows them to reshape these capacities.
As a result of attachment-based psychotherapy, patients discover new ways to behave in relationships as well as new approaches to work and exploration. Their early and constrained internal working model of self and others begins to shift, becoming more open and flexible, allowing for better intimate relationships and more effective action in the world.
Internal family systems (IFS) therapy is a powerful, evidence-based method of psychotherapy. Dr. Kaye uses internal family systems to treat a wide variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Internal family systems therapy helps improve your thinking by addressing the mind's multiple views. It aids healing by decreasing internal conflict, which may keep you stuck rather than moving forward.
Internal family systems therapy can help if you've ever experienced conflicting thoughts, such as wanting to do a certain activity but being afraid it might lead to disappointment or jeopardize your security. Internal conflict might paralyze you and cause you to do nothing. IFS therapy, on the other hand, can teach you how to cope with your emotional paralysis.
Based on years of research by Dr. Stephen Porges and his Polyvagal Theory, the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a five-hour therapeutic listening intervention designed to support patients' emotional regulation and neuroception (i.e. sense of one's safety), as well as decrease patients' auditory sensitivity.
The filtered frequency sounds are designed to stimulate the vagus nerve, which is responsible for calming the nervous system. This allows for enhanced social engagement and resilience in children and adults. The purpose of SSP is to create new, positive connections in the brain that allow patients to regulate themselves by "stretching the nervous system, not stressing the nervous system."
The SSP has been shown to have a global effect on the brain and central nervous system. Consequently, it is successfully integrated into a wide variety of therapies and programs. It can include programs that improve cognitive, emotional, and social abilities.
As our brain, mind, and body connection becomes more organized, we better process the world around us and become more confident, happy, and engaged. This research-based therapy has been showing significant positive results in areas such as
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