Internal Family Systems
Internal Family Systems Therapy is my special interest area. It is based on the idea of multiplicity, which means that we’re made up of parts that function together to protect us from painful feelings. We identify and engage with these parts with curiosity, compassion and acceptance. In doing so we learn about their role and function in the system, the fears that keep them locked in their roles and access the truths and vulnerabilities that they’ve been protecting for us.
It’s a wonderful therapy for people that may have tried more cognitive modalities and are yet to reach relief or understanding. Its a practice of “being with yourself” that you can take into your everyday life.
Synergetic Play Therapy
Synergetic Play Therapy is based on the idea of recognising symptoms as disregulation in the nervous system. Either hyperarousal (fight or flight) or hypoarousal (collapse and shut down).
The therapist uses their own nervous system to connect with the client’s disregulation and “co-regulate” them through movement, naming sensations and breath. Much in the same way that a parent intuitively calms an upset baby. Initially developed for use in play therapy with young children, it’s a philosophy that can be applied to any age.
I am a Certified SPT therapist and supervisor.
Developmental Dyadic Psychotherapy
Developmental Dyadic Psychotherapy was developed by Daniel Hughes. It’s an attachment therapy initially designed for work with foster and adoptive families. It uses the relationship between parent and child to heal past attachment trauma and is based on the principles of playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy. I have also found these principles to be very helpful for everyday families dealing with everyday difficulties and growing pains.
It’s a philosophy that can help anybody to parent in a more emotionally focused and connected way, it avoids pathologising a child and kids love it when their parents talk and listen to them in this way. I am one of a handful of certified DDP therapists in Australia.