Varieties of Experiential-Dynamic Therapy

Here is a link to a site that summarizes the different types of Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapies.

Varieties of Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy

You can see how it has evolved into different approaches but with the same focus of the depths of a client’s experience.

To work flexibly, empathetically, but directly and relationally in a mind/body manner to work towards practical change and functioning in life.

Sound Healing, Sound Entrainment

I would like to present another avenue of healing that I work with. For clients of whom it is appropriate, I put on either through headphones or through a bluetooth speaker sound healing/brain entrainment music.

I’ve worked with several different types of sound entrainment music/meditative sounds, but what my clients emphatically describe as helpful and relaxing time and again are the meditative soundscapes by¬†Leigh Spusta.

This makes sense as this person is a clinical hypnotherapist and sound engineer. So these soundscapes are created not so much as meditative aids (sounds that are for meditative practices to help a listener to deepen into a different brainwave state) as they are created for hypnotherapists and psychotherapists.

If requested by a client, I may put one of these soundscapes on for portions of a session or the client may request 5-10 minutes with headphones to relax, feel more comfortable, regulate anxiety, and to change one’s state.

These are meant as an aide to therapy, not a therapeutic treatment in and of themselves.

Experiential Dreamwork

I work with dreams frequently.

There is much I can say about dreams but simply dreams serve to practice new ways of acting and behaving, emotional processing, and memory formation.

Contrary to the common myth that dreams need interpretation, dreams tend to interpret themselves, or more accurately: reveal their meaning, when they are looked into and worked with directly in the ways that I have learned to work with them.

Dreams can be re-entered in waking life. This has been practiced by Jungian therapists for a century.

I have learned to take this a step further and involve the use of the body, emotions, and action. And to assist the client in working with the imagery and learning from it directly.

For example, I may help a client struggling with addiction to enter a “drug dream” or using dream where this person went about their ritual and was about to relapse but woke up. In a way this is the psyche wrestling with their new stage of sobriety and it’s ensuing struggles. I would assist the client in exploring not using or throwing away the paraphernalia.

Or a client with a history of abuse may have a reoccurring dream of a person or thing after them. They can bring this dream back to the here-and-now of the session. I will techniques such as bring my voice into the waking dream or an imagined person of whom they may feel safe and protected to be able to stand up to this haunting thing or person and it may powerfully reveal what it’s about.

There are many ways to work with dreams in a session other than interpreting them.

What is powerful about dream work in this way is that it can help the therapy process to get unstuck. Many times dreams go deeper to what is needed to change than even the deepest conscious work can touch on.

For more on dreamwork in a self-help way:

Let Your Body Interpret Your Dreams

Jungian Dreamwork

IT’s Not Always Depression: A must read book on transformation focused psychotherapy!

I want to share that the second self-help book based off of Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy has just been released.

Some reviewers have given this book an unnecessarily negative review on this book because they were looking for a book that is more depression specific. The title means that depression among other “disorders” many times are really symptoms of a difficulty with authentic relating to oneself and how to get to the bottom of many of these problems and disorders to change.

I truly wish my clients and many people in the world can have the great knowledge and practices contained in this brilliant and practical work transmitted to them.

Here is the link to the book for sale and I also want to second the former self-help book based off of this approach to experiential psychotherapy:

It’s Not Always Depression

Living Like You Mean It