|Dr Karen Massey Registered Psychologist|
Additional Approaches In Counselling
Once you become motivated to make changes, you may find traditional and specialized approaches to therapy helpful. Specialized approaches that Dr. Karen uses are: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing ( EMDR), Hypnosis, Integrative Body Psychotherapy, Hope-focused, Solution Focused, and Stages of Change. Counselling approaches are most effective when they align with your goals, interests, and comfort level.
Two Traditional Approaches to Counselling
The underlying philosophy of the Humanistic Approach includes:
The second traditional approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) . The underlying philosophy of this approach includes:
Specialized Approaches to Counselling
Here are the Specialized Approaches to Therapy used by therapist Dr Karen Massey based on specialized training she has taken. Click on items of interest or scroll through the descriptions below:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR helps you process old memories that cause emotional distress and that are barriers to your making changes in the direction you want to go. Some of these memories may be from trauma such as abuse, others may be disturbing, negative and unresolved life experiences such as from school bullying. EMDR is called a Power Therapy because research shows that it accelerates the therapeutic process.
Hypnosis works therapeutically at a sub conscious level. Therapeutic Hypnosis is a method of helping access your communication processes that take place within you, usually beyond your "normal" awareness. It is the aspect of being able to connect with your sub conscious that makes hypnosis a valuable therapeutic approach. Hypnosis allows you to address problems, issues, or seemingly unachievable goals--resulting in helping you create or affirm your internal sense of self, and subsequently make well informed choices. Working with your subconscious can help to change the perception of your "problems" and thereby change the meaning and the nature of the problem. These changes will create more possibilities for action resulting in greater choices for new directions and action.
Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP)
IBP helps you heighten aliveness and authenticity by peeling away the layers and strengthening your core self. Core self means our eternal part-a very young child without learned filters gives us a glimpse of our core. In therapy you learn most about yourself by having experiential contact between your mind, emotions and body, and as such, this is an inside out approach. You can find your personal power through learning unique breathing techniques to charge or to calm your energy since breath is the connection between the mind and the body. Breath connects the mind to the body.
Family and Business Systemic Constellations
The Family and Business Systemic Constellation approach is different than most healing approaches. It works through intuitive, emotional, and energetic connections at a soul and spirit level.
Chances are that you are not fully living your own life; instead your life is affected by patterns from previous family generations. You may even be replaying part of a life of an earlier family member. Be the one who stops the path of emotional and even physical pain, and lead the way to a new form of loving relationships and health. Constellations reveal the dynamics around aspects such as illness, relationships, weight gain, career choices, work issues, and realizing your heart's desire.
Hope Focused Approach
You will benefit from the well-researched, and internationally recognized hope-work of Dr. Ronna Jevne (making hope visible/deliberate) and Wendy Edey, counsellor at the Edmonton based Hope Foundation, and the hope-work of Dr. Rick Snyder (identifying goals and pathways to reach these goals). For example if you are experiencing depressive symptoms or feelings of being stuck due to pain or health issues then we would look for symbols or metaphors of your hope. If there's little hope now, we look for what made you hopeful in the past. The language of hope helps create new possibilities and these new possibilities can lead to having a better, more positive future.
Solution Focused Approach
Dr. deShazer's Solution Focused approach helps to shift emphasis off your problems and onto solutions by using such things as the "miracle questions," "exception questions," and scaling questions. Examples of scaling questions are:
Consistent with finding your hope, a key aspect in this Solution-focused approach is to connect the present to a more positive future and ignore the past for the most part. In some cases only a small change is needed to produce a ripple effect. We bring to the forefront the concepts of:
Stages of Change
Drs. Prochaska, Norcross and DiClemente's six stage program for overcoming bad habits and making changes provides a framework for deciding which stage of change you are in and how to best approach your issues. Different interventions are more effective in certain stages.
In searching for a better way to find the core of clients' problems, Dr. Massey was recommended by a colleague, Susan Nelson, to consider taking Theta training when the opportunity arose. Dr. Massey followed her friends advice and has now taken all the main courses offered by the Theta organization. This relatively new approach helps you identify and heal deeply rooted dysfunctional belief systems and dysfunctional physical, emotional, mental and spiritual patterns. We all need to have beliefs without limitations such as "I am worthy of unconditional love" or "It is safe to be successful." Changing the subconscious tapes that have been playing endlessly on a repeating pattern can alleviate the barriers to having a successful, healthy, fulfilling life. You no longer need to let the old patterns "Run the Show!"
German New Medicine
In searching for an approach to better connect the mind to body felt problems and emotions, Dr. Karen was advised by another psychologist colleague, Naeodi Downey, to attend an introductory event for German New Medicine. Dr. Karen followed this advice and subsequently took all four levels of this training.
Guided Imagery is taught at the University of Alberta Masters in Educational Psychology degree program as a basic tool of counselling. Using Guided Imagery you are assisted in creating aspects such as a safe place or a relaxing place. This type of training is empowering because you take charge and recreate the safe place whenever you need it at a later time, for example you may find it useful as part of your sleep routine, or as a way to relax, or as a way to reduce anxiety and prevent Panic Attacks. Panic attacks are a contributor to people going to the Emergency wards of hospitals thinking they are having a heart attack.
Another basic technique taught in the University of Alberta's Masters in Educational Psychology degree program is learning about breathwork so that as a therapist we can teach others the importance of having calm breathing. Dr. Andrew Weil, a physician in Tuscon, Arisona, is a leading proponent of how breathing can help a person find wellness and stay well. Others such as Ram Das and Shatki Gawain, are also proponents from a spiritual perspective.
Somewhat similar in that the mind connects with the body, yet different is a Sensorimotor approach developed by Pat Ogden. She is a pioneer in somatic psychotherapy and the treatment of trauma and developmental issues, and she is the founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. This approach uses mindfulness, building somatic resources, and learning how to gradually reconnect to the body since in the past for an abused client it has been a defense mechanism to numb out the body.
To help work through some issues you may find it useful to be guided in focusing your thoughts and feelings inward. By focusing inward you can connect with a felt sense of body awareness and you will be rewarded by your body providing a sense, and perhaps information about a particular problem that you are working on. Focusing integrates the felt body sense and the emotional work. For more information go to The Focusing Institute at www.focusing.org
Also taught at the University of Alberta's Masters and PhD programs is the Gestalt approach. This is one of the first mind-body-emotions approach and it has stood the test of time. There may be times when you will benefit from experiential work when differences in perspectives become the focus of the problem. You may gain insight through experiencing the two-chair technique where you imagine that the person(s) you are having interpersonal difficulties with is in the other chair and you engage in a dialogue with that person.
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