As a result of working with many therapists/psychologists over the years in supervision and in therapy, it became clear to me that the standard 50-minute therapy session once or twice per week was often inadequate for dealing with unresolved developmental or attachment related trauma. Hence, this intensive 6 hour all day approach grew to address early developmental traumas and attachment issues which may often be pre-linguistic. One might ask, if these early experiences of the trauma are pre-linguistic, then how can they be addressed? The answer lies in the way our early memories are encoded in our implicit/procedural or body memory systems at a sub-cortical level in the limbic system or brain stem. These early experiences are often seen in physiological survival reactions, introjections, implicit conclusions about life or self, or patterns of “negative templates” and behaviours, Life Scripts, etc which trap us into repeating the past, precisely because they are so familiar to us. These early traumas are often embodied, and may manifest themselves as internal working models, incomprehensible affects, seemingly inexplicable tensions & conflicts with others and perhaps medically unexplained phenomena such as migraines, CFS, IBS, ME, Fibromyalgia, Functional Tremors, etc. Thus, the Intensive Therapy approach is attachment informed, early developmental trauma oriented and designed with professional therapists in mind to “deep clean” any residual unprocessed traumas.
The Intensive Therapy approach is aimed at professional therapists such as psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, social workers, etc who feel that their own therapy during their professional training, and continued professional development, may not have addressed/processed some key early childhood experiences which continue to influence their behaviour and emotional life today.
The Intensive Therapy approach involves in-depth personal work focusing usually, but not exclusively, on early childhood experiences, some of which may not be recalled but which have left their imprint on your psychological & emotional reality today. We can access these early experiences using a variety of techniques including guided imagery, EMDR, family myths or stories, body sensations or muscle memory, art, role-play, etc.
I conduct a clinical assessment interview first, before the Intensive Session, with each person which lasts about 1 hour. This involves taking a detailed personal, family, social & trauma history. In particular, I shall ask questions about any Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) which you may have had, using a questionnaire. Following this interview, if I believe it to be necessary, I will offer you up to 4-5 sessions before the Intensive Therapy Session to build your coping resources and your resilience to manage strong emotions/affects before we address any traumatic experiences which have motivated you to sign up for this Intensive Therapy approach.