My methods are informed by extensive training and culminating internship experience with the M.E.T.A. Training Center in Portland, Oregon. M.E.T.A. stands for Mindful, Experiential Therapeutic Approaches. Using what I consider to be a powerful blend of person-centered and psychodynamic theories influenced by research of the application of neurobiology and mindfulness in psychotherapy, M.E.T.A.’s methods are foundational in my understanding of human development and the process of therapeutic change.
Developed by Ron Kurtz, Hakomi uses a very special type of mindfulness, often referred to as “applied mindfulness” in the therapeutic process. Using mindfulness to raise awareness, we will go towards your “core material,” or deeply ingrained beliefs about yourself and the world. By uncovering and examining these beliefs, we would aim to discard inaccurate beliefs that no longer serve you, and gain new, life affirming experiences that help you to understand the truth of yourself and the world, thereby living in alignment with each.
Re-Creation of the Self
Developed by Jon Eisman, Re-Creation of the Self focuses on cultivating self-states that help individuals live in full alignment with their truest selves. Based on the foundational belief that we each have an “Organic Self” that naturally values and connects to the absolutes of existence, R-CS is a continual process of shifting from less helpful states, and back into connection with the Organic Self. Through repetitive re-patterning of these states, neural pathways are “re-wired” until connection with the Organic Self is the most natural pathway, allowing you to live in full alignment with your true self.
M.E.T.A. Experiential Attachment Psychotherapy
Developed by Donna Roy, LPC, CHT, and the M.E.T.A. team, Experiential Attachment uses eye-open mindfulness and focuses on the immediate here-and-now relationship between client and therapist. Using the immediacy of this relationship, Experiential Attachment naturally elicits the infant/caregiver attachment system, allowing for examination of early attachment wounding and engagement in a process of repair. Key pieces of identity development and basic sense of safety in the world can be interrupted early attachment wounding, but reclaimed and rebuilt through Experiential Attachment. By helping to repair this system and develop these missing pieces of identity, you will learn to live in full alignment with yourself and what you want, need and deserve.