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MY TREATMENT PROCESS:

Relational Neuroscience

Renewing Minds Therapy provides a safe and nurturing environment through the lens of relational neuroscience, specializing in the care for adults, parents, couples impacted by trauma, adoption/foster care, and neurodivergence. Areas of expertise and support include:

Trauma

Autism, ADHD, and other neurodiveristy support

Foster care and Adoption Support

Couples Support

Sexual Assault /Abuse

Domestic Violence

Dissociation

Depression and anxiety

Attachment wounds

Communication and boundary issues

Conflict resolution

Parental coaching and family support

Disability challenges

Behavioral concerns

Social skills

Relational Neuroscience can be described as how human development and functioning is a product of the relationship between the body, mind and relationships with our world, including people, animals, and nature. RMT believes that through the lens of relational neuroscience, deep safety, compassion, and understanding can develop in our mind, body, and heart. RMT will specifically incorporate the theories of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), Attachment Theory, and Polyvagal Theory in our healing journey with clients.​

Trauma

Foster care and Adoption support

Autism, ADHD, and other neurodiveristy support

Couples Support

Sexual Assault/Abuse

Domestic Violence

Dissociation

Depression and anxiety

Attachment wounds

Communication and boundary issues

Conflict resolution

Parental coaching and family support

Disability challenges

Behavioral concerns

Social skills

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THERAPY TECHNIQUES

A variety of therapy styles are used to connect the mind, body, and heart through relational neuroscience.
Here are some of the approaches used and an overview explanation of these techniques.

EMDR AND EFT

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an 8-phase treatment model, using bilateral stimulation (BLS), like eye movement, tapping, etc., that has been shown to be effective for the treatment of trauma, depression, anxiety, additions, and many more. As hurtful experiences and trauma blocks healthy processing of those memories, allowing them to become triggers for many of our choices, EMDR allows for the healthy processing of those memories through the BLS, making previously hurtful situations in an increasingly less distressing manner.

  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), or “Tapping,” is a therapy approach that uses a combination of applying pressure on your acupuncture points while you remember painful experiences by giving them a voice, and working towards cognitive restructuring through unconditional self-love and acceptance. By bringing your body back to that place of hurt, tapping on the specific acupuncture points, you send calming messages into your body to soothe distressing responses to that memory. It has been shown effective for the treatment of trauma, emotional disorders, chronic pain, stress, addiction, and more.

THERAPLAY AND PLAY THERAPY

  • Theraplay is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge. Theraplay sessions create an active, emotional connection between the child and parent or caregiver, resulting in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable and of relationships as positive and rewarding.

  • Play Therapy uses the power of play to be used as communication for the client. It is grounded in therapeutic models of practice, and from that basis, uses play as the language for the individual. Play therapy can be used for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and family systems. It helps clients heal from past experiences, build and foster their current skills, and develop stronger relationships with themselves and others.

INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS

SAFE AND SOUND PROTOCOL (SSP)

  • The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) "is an acoustic vagus nerve stimulator developed by Dr. Stephen Porges based on his Polyvagal Theory. The purpose of this auditory intervention is to help your clients access a physiological state conducive to well-being, positive engagement with others, and growth in learning and therapy. By helping to access this calm and grounded state, the SSP promotes a neural platform for health, growth and restoration in patients experiencing the following challenges: Anxiety, Inattention and Focus, Auditory sensitivities, Behavioral Regulation and Resilience, Physical Coordination and Balance, Sleep, Social and emotional difficulties, Trauma and PTSD, Stressors that impact social engagement, and many more."

GOTTMAN METHOD

  • The Gottman Method (more information to come-click on the name to read more directly from The Gottman Institute).