Individual and family consultations are based in Bowen Family Systems Theory. This framework describes predictable patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving over time. How you think about a situation will direct what you do. When you have a greater understanding of the automatic nature of relationship patterns and their influence, you can develop more ways to manage yourself and respond when under pressure in anxious situations.
"Self-observation is itself the beginning of transformation." Dennis Lewis
Marriage, death, birth, children leaving home, job loss are some of life's events that create more or less disruption in our capacity to adapt. The formidable force of anxiety and repetitive/self-critical thinking can be magnified during these transitions. With increased clarity of thought and ability to manage your emotions, it is possible to move through the impact of these events with more resilience and flexibility than before.
There are two key principles that guide our consultations:
- Taking responsibility for yourself is central to a decrease in symptoms
- Relationships are much more complex than cause-effect
Although not required, adding neurofeedback to your consultations is recommended. The impact of a personal conflict, even a bad day at work, can hover in your mind and body for hours after the actual event. Neurofeedback can assist you in calming down, which can free up your thinking to more thoughtfully and effectively respond to the situation.
"Since brainwaves and personal patterns change together, changing brainwave patterns through neurofeedback creates an opportunity for these stuck patterns to drop away."
Joan-Marie Lartin, PhD