My Approach

"It’s the relationship that heals." -Irvin Yalom

 

Bearing witness to another’s lived experience is extremely powerful. My objective is to provide an emotionally safe, transparent, and non-judgmental environment where you may explore your issues. I am committed to working alongside my clients and guiding them towards understanding,integration, and wholeness, while creating a strong therapeutic relationship that is grounded in compassion, honesty, and trust that is essential to the healing process.

As a one-size-fits-all approach does not apply to the complexity of human behaviour, I draw from a wide range of approaches based on the needs of the individual and the nature of the presenting problem including Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Somatic Psychology.

The foundation of my approach is grounded within the following principles:

  • Respect for each person's inner wisdom and innate healing capacities.

  • Utilising the therapeutic relationship as a means of developing secure attachment experience.

  • Working within the present moment and experience.

  • Understanding how trauma impacts the body, mind, and behaviour.

  • Learning to tolerate difficult emotions and develop self-regulation (ability to be calm and grounded).

  • Developing  awareness and understanding of how our experiences influence our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and behaviours.

  • Identifying and integrating parts of the individual and their experiences to foster self-awareness and personal growth.

  • Processing experiences to strengthen positive and new experiences of the self and others.

  • Developing resilience and empowerment to promote positive change in one's life.

 

I am invested in each individual's journey toward authenticity, offering the guidance and support needed to move in this direction.

© 2020 by Joanne Regina, M.A.