What is Pain Reprocessing Therapy?

Pain Reprocessing Therapy is a therapeutic modality based on chronic pain and neuroscience research. It is a system of psychological techniques that retrain the brain away from threat causing pain towards a better sense of safety. There is a strong research study that supports its use for neuroplastic pain. What is Pain Reprocessing Therapy? PainContinue reading “What is Pain Reprocessing Therapy?”

What is Polyvagal Theory

Polyvagal theory is based on the influence of the vagus nerve on different physiological (body) processes as well as psychological states. It also describes how there can be nervous system dysregulation and the process to gain more regulation in the nervous system. The Vagus Nerve The Vagus Nerve is the longest cranial nerve in theContinue reading “What is Polyvagal Theory”

What is Sensorimotor Psychotherapy?

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy was developed by Pat Odgen and is a body-centred approach that focuses on the somatic symptoms of trauma. It holds that unresolved traumatic experiences end up trapped within the body. It is a combination of somatic therapies, attachment theory, neuroscience, cognitive techniques, and other techniques. The focus of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is to useContinue reading “What is Sensorimotor Psychotherapy?”

What is Somatic Experiencing (SE)?

Somatic Experiencing (SE) was developed by Peter Levine and focuses on addressing the effects of trauma. It focuses on releasing people from where they may have been stuck in a traumatic event. For example, someone may develop chronic pain in a body part that was hit in a motor vehicle accident. The reason for thatContinue reading “What is Somatic Experiencing (SE)?”

What is Internal Family Systems (IFS)?

Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy was developed by Richard Schwartz in the 1990s after he began hearing clients speak about inner parts within themselves. These parts form an internal family, where some parts have certain goals while other parts have other goals. Each part has its own likes, dislikes, burdens, and history and is thoughtContinue reading “What is Internal Family Systems (IFS)?”

What is Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a short-term type of behavioural therapy. It focuses on the relationship between beliefs, thoughts, feelings and behaviours. The assumption behind CBT is that by changing one corner of the triangle, you can change the other corners of the CBT triangle (see image below). For example, by changing the thought you haveContinue reading “What is Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT)?”

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy was developed by Francine Shapiro and is a body-mind integrated therapy that has been proven to be highly effective for people who have experienced trauma. It was founded on the basis that trauma interferes with the brain’s processing and that during trauma, our brain processes and stores memoriesContinue reading “What is EMDR?”

What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) was developed by Marsha Linehan while trying to find an effective treatment for suicidal and borderline personality disorder patients. She started with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy but found that it was lacking in certain areas. So she added aspects to the treatment and made changes to improve treatment results. This resulted inContinue reading “What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?”