Individual adult and adolescent psychotherapy utilizing psychosomatic approaches (Body Psychotherapy, EMDR and Somatic Experiencing).
Psychotherapy consists of a set of psychological techniques, aiming at alleviating psychological disturbances, behavior problem and even psychosomatic symptoms. A formal delfinition of psychotherapy adopted by the APA (American Psychological Association) is the following:
"Psychotherapy is the informed and intentional application of clinical methods and interpersonal stances derived from established psychological principles for the purpose of assisting people to modify their behaviors, cognitions, emotions, and/or other personal characteristics in directions that the participants deem desirable" (Norcross, 1990, p. 218-220 )
The basis for any successful psychotherapeutic intervention is the detailed diagnosis and evaluation of the nature and severity of the presented problems, through the use of a combination of special tests and diagnostic interviews.
Body Psychotherapy constitutes a recognized psychotherapeutic theory and practice, which addresses the body, the mind and the spirituality of the person as a unified whole, attempting to reestablish its' lost unity. For such purposes it utilizes various techniques involving movement, breathing, emotional charge and discharge, dialogue, internal imaging, sensations and other information from bodily functions.
The body reflects the life history of the individual. Psychological, spiritual and bodily health are interrelated and are actually one and the same thing. In Body Psychotherapy, the therapist works together with the client in order to determine the meaning of the difficulties in the person's life and health.
Some of the problems which can be successfully dealt with Body Psychotherapy are: Psychosomatic symptoms, phobias, anxiety & panic attacks, depression, sleep difficulties, sexual abuse, sexual dysfunctions, family relationships, divorce, boulimia, anorexia, traumatic experiences and otheres.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.
Somatic Experiencing® is a body-awareness approach to trauma being taught throughout the world. It is the result of over forty years of observation, research, and hands-on development by Dr. Levine. Based upon the realization that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of trauma, Somatic Experiencing has touched the lives of many thousands. SE® restores self-regulation, and returns a sense of aliveness, relaxation and wholeness to traumatized individuals who have had these precious gifts taken away. Peter has applied his work to combat veterans, rape survivors, Holocaust survivors, auto accident and post surgical trauma, chronic pain sufferers, and even to infants after suffering traumatic births.
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