Many people come to see us when they are experiencing stress in their relationships or when they are at a major crossroads in their lives. We help people embrace and transform these difficult life transitions into self-defining moments. If you are going through major changes, this may be the perfect time to invest in yourself and your soul, and turn the hard times into times of deep growth. As a depth therapy center, we help you reach into your unconscious and harness its healing powers. Each of our therapists use slightly different methods for accessing the unconscious, but all have the same goal: to help you embrace and transform difficult life transitions into self-defining moments.
Individual therapy may take the form of “talk therapy,” but many of our therapists also use other modalities or methods. Depending on your interest and needs, you and your therapist may opt to use a supplementary approach or a combination of techniques.
Other Methods Used in Individual Therapy
Dream Therapy or Dream Analysis is serious play that uncovers the “inside story” of our daily lives and helps us tap into our inner wisdom. Dreams can also guide us through difficult turning points, yet they are mysterious, complex and tricky to understand. When guided by a skilled dream therapist, the metaphors of our dreams can help us start a healing conversation with our unconscious conflicts, core issues and heart’s desires.
Sand tray therapy is a powerful, therapeutic modality that is used as an adjunct to talk therapy. It is a non-rational, non-verbal "hands-on" method that provides a space to relate to one's psychic material through the inner symbolic world of the unconscious, which is alive with meaning. A basic premise of this method is that the psyche holds the natural capacity to heal itself under the proper conditions.
The contained space created within the sand tray, and held within the therapeutic relationship, allows one to journey through the self-actualization process by connecting with the deepest layers of the Self. As information from the unconscious emerges visually and symbolically in the tray, it can be identified, recognized, and eventually integrated into a person's awareness and sense of self. Clients can create many sand tray images over the course of therapy, developing a series of images and experiential processes that illustrate and illuminate their unique path toward integration, self-awareness, and transformation.
Art therapy is a professional mental health field. It integrates applied psychological theory with image-making within a therapeutic relationship. Art therapy is facilitated by a trained art therapist, may involve any variety of media, and offers ways to explore and deepen your understanding of yourself through creating and working with imagery and imagination.
Professional art therapists are registered (ATR) and board-certified (BC) on a national level. Contact the American Art Therapy Association for more information. In New Mexico, professional practicing art therapists are required to be licensed by the state (LPAT).
EMDR, also known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a type of therapy designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories, and help the mind heal from psychological trauma, much as the body recovers from physical trauma. EMDR can also help people heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. It may also help people loosen the grip of resistant depression, so they can begin to heal.
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, or AEDP, involves using a person’s crisis and suffering as opportunities to awaken extraordinary capacities within the person that might otherwise lie dormant, unknown and untapped. AEDP makes the most of these hidden forces for healing and transformation, and helps dissolve feelings of aloneness, creating a safe space within the therapist-patient relationship for ongoing healing and progress.