As the name suggests, experiential therapy is a therapeutic approach that focuses on the idea of experiencing, encouraging clients to address issues through activities like role playing. Part of the theory behind experiential therapy is that by focusing the client on a task or activity, they are more likely to behave in an unguarded manner, allowing the therapist to make important observations and provide valuable feedback. The term experiential therapy can also be applied to numerous other therapeutic practices such as equine therapy, art therapy, music therapy, and wilderness therapy.
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I have training and experience in utilizing Gestalt style experiential methods.
I use experiential techniques to help clients access parts of their sub-conscious mind. Examples may include art therapy techniques, role-playing, writing, and play therapy. Through experience, insight is often increased, and as self-awareness grows so can self-esteem, self-confidence and motivation.
I have learned from working with my clients that those who are willing to invest in themselves are more likely to consistently address and balance their emotional-mental life one step at the time. I work with clients who understand why exploring causes of past conditioning both positive and negative are essential for their growth, who feel excited about renewing their own core identity.
My roots in process-experiential therapy (aka Emotion Focused Therapy) go back to the beginning of graduate school and I find it a very useful addition to ACT to help process emotional problems and heal old wounds. It has a strong basis in the neuroscience of emotion. In addition to traditional trainings, I will be attending a weeklong intensive training in EFT with the originator of the therapy.
Challenge Ropes courses, Outward Bound, National Outdoor Leadership School training and instructor experience.
I often work with metaphor and experiments
Working experientially has the potential to side step the well developed, rational and cognitive brain allowing entry into the deeper, more holistic experience of the client. The work takes on a different texture when patterns are worked through directly, somatically and experientially.
By Experiential, I mean that we will work in real time with beliefs and feedback. I empower individuals to speak their truth through spontaneous exercise and through identifying and giving voice to different parts of self.
Whether talking about what happened yesterday or in your family growing up, we will work with what you experience as you explore it in the moment. That way the work is fresh, not a stale re-hashing of an old, stuck story. Using basic building blocks of gentle curiosity, compassion and honoring both what shows up as well as resistance to what shows up, deep transformation happens.
I have often observed that 'doing' rather than just 'talking' leads to more rapid and lasting change. In my practice I draw on a variety of experiential therapies dependent on the needs and desires of my clients. These include walking, expressive art therapy, mindfulness practice, and equine facilitated psychotherapy. I am a Certified HEAL Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy practitioner.
Insight is not exclusively gained through intellectual questioning alone; insight can be felt, it can be experienced. Only by staying in the 'here and now' and bringing attention to your experiences in the moment can that opportunity for insight become a reality that you take with you after a session.
I often include in our sessions art, sand tray, metaphor objects and visual objects to connect on deeper and meaningful levels.
I believe insights need to be directly experienced for them to create meaningful change. People come to me because they feel stuck or overwhelmed by negative emotions or relational conflict. I serve as a guide and help clients explore and experience new ways of relating with themselves and their loved ones. This in turn creates new pathways for self awareness and personal growth.
Our therapists are skilled in increasing clients' self efficacy by deepening their connection to their emotional experiences. Experiential approaches seek to focus on the here and now, highlighting connection between the brain and body and learning new ways to experience the self.
This experience of being oneself cannot be thought. It must be experienced directly. I have extensive training in a variety of modalities including: Hakomi, Internal Family Systems, Coherence Therapy and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy.
I believe that the key to strong and enduring relationships is the development of a strong sense of self. My theoretical orientation stems in part from Experiential Theory, where the objective is to help clients develop the valuable skills they need to address and deal with their often painful emotional traumas, rather than resort to defensive tactics.