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.
In Sand Tray Therapy, a person creates a “world” using miniature toys and sand. The “world” acts as a reflection of the person’s own life and allows conflict resolution, the removal of obstacles and a path to self-acceptance. This form of therapy can provide emotional release and realization for people who have been traumatized and show limited response to other forms of therapy. The therapist works with the person to alter the positions of the miniature objects in the created world as representations of real people and events. By beginning to make changes on a fictitious level, a person can gain the courage and ability to recognize these same changes can be made in real life.
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.