My approach to therapy is very practical: I think that it should free you from 'symptoms' and also enable you to do things that you couldn't do before, to experience real happiness, and to have warm, supportive relationships and a fulfilling life.
If you’ve had therapy in the past, you might find working with me quite different. I will answer all your questions and help you to make sense of what you’re going through, so that it’s no longer confusing and the process of healing is not mysterious but understandable. You will learn to take charge of your emotions, reduce anxiety and make yourself feel better when you need to, and we will work together to gradually resolve difficult experiences or trauma and negative beliefs about yourself that may have been holding you back. We will also reactivate the skills and capacities that will enable you to stand up for yourself and feel alive, strong, calm and competent in day-to-day life.
My areas of specialism are:
Difficulties in relationships
Inability to make a decision, or to do things that you want to do; 'stuckness', sabotaging yourself
Acute or recurring anxiety or depression; panic attacks; nightmares
Not knowing who you are or what you want, or not being able to assert yourself
CPTSD or complex, developmental or attachment trauma; dissociation and dissociative disorders
Bereavement, too much loss or change; loss of meaning or purpose
Supervision in working with EMDR, PTSD and complex developmental trauma, for psychotherapists, psychiatrists and psychologists
There has been a paradigm shift in the practice of psychotherapy over the last few decades, and we now have a much clearer, more specific understanding of how unresolved adverse life experiences and 'quiet t trauma' shape us and our beliefs about life, and how they can be healed.
My practice as an integrative psychotherapist is informed by the most up-to-date developments in psychotherapy and neuroscience. The way I work integrates many different treatment models, including relational psychotherapy, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, EMDR, Attachment-Focused EMDR, ego state therapy, Internal Family Systems, the Structural Dissociation Model, Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, yoga therapy and transpersonal psychotherapy. As well as talking therapy, it may include gentle relaxation and breathing exercises, mindfulness, working with the body and with dreams. As an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner, I weave EMDR into my work to enhance and accelerate every other modality.
As therapists we are all learning all the time, and I keep updating my work through reading, consultation with colleagues, practising yoga and attending courses and seminars, especially in the areas of relational neuroscience, complex developmental trauma, working with the body and yoga therapy. For instance, among many other courses, I have completed Dr Bessel van der Kolk's Intensive Trauma Treatment and The Body Keeps the Score, Deborah Korn's Working with Complex Trauma: Optimal Integration of Treatment Models, at the Cape Cod Institute in the US, Sarah Schlote's Fundamentals of Somatic Experiencing, Arne Hofmann's EMDR in the Treatment of Depression, advanced EMDR courses with Mark Brayne, EMDR Consultant training with Sandi Richman in Manchester, and in London: EMDR Europe Standard Accredited Training, advanced training in The Progressive Approach to EMDR with Dolores Mosquera and Attachment-Focused EMDR training with Laurel Parnell.
You are welcome to visit my website, maryclaredeechevarria.com, and email if you would like any more information.