What is Psychodrama?
Psychodrama was created in 1921 by Jacob Levy Moreno, MD and it was and still remains an excellent therapeutic action method technique. Psychodrama accesses a person's psychological and somatic experiences spontaneously that focus on an event or internal struggle in the "here and now" to gain insight into behavior to allow for clarification which can result in change.
What is DBT?
DBT stands for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and was created by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. in the late 1980's. The dialectical approach brings together and balances two polarities, logical processing and emotional reactivity using cognitive and strengths based techniques.
What is Somatic Experiencing (SE)?
Somatic Experiencing is a therapeutic body-oriented approach, which accesses the primitive part of the brain, in a gentle way, with the use of pendulation (emotional regulation versus emotional dysregulation) helping to expand and contract the autonomic nervous system responses (e.g. fight, flight, freeze or collapse). This approach was developed by Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. who had a curiosity about animals who are constantly under the threat of death and show no signs of trauma. The technique is helpful when working with individuals who experience anxiety, depression, chronic pain, developmental trauma, relationship trauma and post traumatic stress disorder. The goal is to access body memories of the event and renegotiate a new and different response rather than verbally telling the story of a person's trauma.
What is Transforming the Experienced Base Brain (TEB)?
This is what is known as a bottom-up approach which is a more gentle and passive therapeutic approach with greater benefits for change. Created by Stephen Terrell, Ph.D. using physical touch (underneath the kidneys, brain stem and ankles) to neutralize, enhance and expand a person’s neurological pathway that may have been interrupted during early development. For example, if a car is only operating with access to one or two functioning cylinders, not recognizing that it has two other cylinders to use, the car is using a lot more energy to operate the vehicle. Mental health issues can present similarly wherein it may have more to do with disconnection between wiring or faulty wiring of neurological pathway systems. Thus, a person feels confused and/or stuck not knowing how to change their behavior from how he often responds.