Experiential Dreamwork & Psychotherapy
Tony uses an experiential psychotherapy approach developed by Kenneth Kelzer in order to address emotional energy that is affecting a client. This approach uses a combination of gestalt therapy, cognitive restructuring and light trance states in order to effectively and powerfully transform negative thoughts and destructive emotional energy caused by unresolved issues into positive thoughts and a clearer emotional state. Tony prefers to use this approach in higher functioning group settings as each person’s transformative work becomes a powerful experience for the whole group. This approach guides individuals with light hypnotic suggestion to experience events related to an emotional charge, increase awareness of associated physiological and emotional feelings, express and release feeelings, and identify and change related thoughts.
Experiential therapy is a category that includes dozens of theoretical orientations and involves creating change by providing therapeutic experiences that encourage emotional expression. Experiential therapy often uses art, role playing, gestalt therapy, empty chair technique, psychodrama, guided imagining, experiential hypnosis and experiential dream work. Tony is competent in the use of experiential therapy and the above techniques and prefers to use experiential therapy with kids and with adults who show a high motivation for change.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT is a broad category of therapeutic orientations that includes many dozens of specific orientations. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is often referred to when either (or a combination of) behavioral and/or cognitive approaches are used.
Cognitive Therapy is a category of approaches based on the concept that the way we think affects how we feel. Cognitive therapy focuses on identifying our current thoughts and core beliefs and noticing how those thoughts are a cause of our current feelings. Clients are encouraged to try experiments to see which thoughts lead to feeling better.
Behavioral Therapy is a category of approaches that draw from the idea that we can change our behavior in order to achieve our goals. Some examples of behavior interventions include spending more time with family, changing eating, exercise, studying, recreational or sleeping habits. Tony is competent in the use of behavioral interventions and sometimes provides behavioral coaching to help individuals monitor whether or not they are engaging in effective, wellness oriented and pro-social behaviors. Tony may use Behavioral Therapy when working with individuals focused on increasing self growth, increasing wellness and/or improving parenting habits.
(EMDR) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
According to the EMDR International Organization:
“…Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma….”
When a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes "frozen in time," and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer re-lives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.
Tony prefers to integrate to the use of EMDR when treating trauma, anxiety, addictive urges and anger.
Brief Strategic Family Therapy
Strategic therapy seeks to create change by learning about and addressing family dynamics. This well-known style of family therapy involves a structured investigation into the identified problem as it is understood by each family member. Once the problem is fully understood, the therapist utilizes unique strategies in order to set the change in motion. Strategic family interventions often include strategies that are unexpected or counter-intuitive. Tony is competent in using strategic therapy and prefers to use this approach with families with puzzling problems.