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Modalities and approaches

D'Arcy Bruning-Haid - Therapist, Facilitator and Speaker - Masters in Counselling Psychology
Email: info@souls-journey.com www.souls-journey.com Phone: 204-475-5339 | Fax: 204-475-1604

Soulful counselling is a heartfelt approach to exploring life's challenges from a spiritual perspective. Emphasis is on discovering a life path full of meaning, purpose and connection. Focus is on uncovering life's teachings and lessons and how to best work with these understandings in our own lives to become fully empowered. Together we honour and celebrate the spiritual journey that connects us to our humanity.

Body psychotherapy. Bioenergetic analysis is based on the belief that our bodies hold our story and without the body's knowledge, the mind can understand, but can not fully release and heal what is needed to move forward. Events that happened to us as a child greatly affect our self perceptions and behaviours as we learn to develop defenses both in mind and in the body to shield us from our pain and disappointment. These defenses anchored in our bodies can be seen in our muscular holding patterns which can hinder breathing, self expression and energy levels in our life. This powerful analytical psychotherapy created by Dr. Alexander Lowen helps us to look at our bodies structure, movement and breathing patterns and offers ways to release deep pain and emotions that are not longer needed to free up the body and create new possibilities in our lives. D'Arcy is internationally trained and certified as a bioenergetic therapist. For further information visit: www.bioenergetic-therapy.com

E.M.D.R.: Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a powerful method of psychotherapy to work through unresolved emotional issues that get stuck in a feedback loop of limited thinking and beliefs. The primary assumption behind EMDR is the brain has the capacity to process and resolve upsetting material. When trauma occurs the nervous system becomes overloaded and perceptions, feelings and thoughts are locked into the nervous system becoming frozen in time. This gentle technique helps to assist the brain to process old experiences and memories and make sense of them in a new way. It is beneficial when dealing with traumas that have occurred to re-integrate fragmented parts of self that were lost and give back a sense of control. Helpful with disturbing memories, accidents, sexual assaults, negative impacting experiences, and generalized traumas. D'Arcy is certified in EMDR therapy. For further information visit: article in The New York Times entitled Expert Answers on E.M.D.R. or www.emdr.com

Hypnotherapy: Hypnosis is a state of altered consciousness that occurs normally in every person just before we enter into a sleep state. Heart centered hypnotherapy is a safe and effective way to relax and access the subconscious mind where old pacts, unwanted beliefs, and emotions are stored. It is helpful to release the negative feedback loop and uncover the source of many phobias, anxiety, illness, self esteem trauma and pain. D'Arcy is certified in Heart centered hypnotherapy. For further information visit: www.wellness-institute.org

Psychodrama and Gestalt are two interactive methods that help clients enact the relevant issues and events in their lives rather than simply talking about it. It provides a process to communicate and dialogue with the different parts of ourselves like the critic, the victim, the wounded one, the controller etc. The process offers a creative way to move beyond old scripts, beliefs and strong bonds to the past to bring a greater awareness and interconnection to self and others. For more information visit: www.lesley.edu/faculty/estrella/psychodrama.html

Using Dreams and Expressive Arts Therapy. Working with art and dreams are wonderful and useful and expressive ways of uncovering and exploring unconscious material that has not yet entered our every day lives. It helps to tap our imagination, creativity and intuition in a playful way.

Meditation, relaxation and visualization are important tools and skills to help individuals decrease stress in their lives. It is effective when working with illness, medical treatment, preparation for surgery and recovery, and increase relaxation and quality of life.