“It is not what you look at that matters, it is what you see.
-Henry David Thoreau
RELATIONAL SELF PSYCHOLOGY:
Relational psychotherapy is based in key aspects of psycho-dynamic and humanistic psychotherapies, It provides a current and developing theoretical orientation and perspective. According to Kohut, the originator of self-psychology, the "self" can only develop when the needs of one's “self states” are met in relationships with others, including the experience of well-being. Empathy is essential in relational psychotherapy and therapists are engaged in understanding each client and relationship in “experience near” ways.
The patterned ways we learn to relate to others are referred to as ‘organizing principles’ and refer to assumptions and habitual ways of interacting and may be experienced in the interaction between the psychotherapist and client. Healing and shifting may occur in new interactions in psychotherapy that support welcome changes and self emergence.
"What is split off, not felt, remains the same. When it is felt, it changes... A few moments of feeling it in your body allows it to change." -Eugene Gendlin Ph.D. "Focusing" is supported by a long series of operational research studies conducted first by Gene Gendlin and colleagues at the University of Chicago and now internationally.
The Focusing Institute is making differences in communities all over the world. The experience of "Focusing" is similar to what it is like to gently focus a camera lens on a tiny flower: details, edges, forms and relationships become clear.
It is a process of observation, listening and self-reflection that is experiential and often brings deeper understanding, creativity and forward steps towards meaningful change. In Focusing I have discovered the power and poetry of listening, understanding and inquiry that is “bodily-felt” and now informs and directs my work.
"These tools can help you to remember that you can be in control of your body and mind. As you explore your own unconscious processes, you ll find that understanding why things are happening can help even more. ” -Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. Those seeking to address specific symptoms may choose EMDR treatment. "EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.
Repeated studies by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D and others show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. There has been so much research on EMDR that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experience by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense. Given the worldwide recognition as an effective treatment of trauma, you can easily see how EMDR would be effective in treating the everyday memories that are the reason people have low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, and all the myriad problems that bring hem in for therapy.
Over 100,000 clinicians throughout the world use the therapy. Millions of people have been treated successfully over the past 25 years." -www.emdr.com