1. Depth Psychology-
“The psyche is a self-regulating system that maintains equilibrium just as the body does.” ~Jung, 1954/1985
Depth Psychology is an interdisciplinary endeavor, drawing on literature, philosophy, mythology, the arts, and critical studies. Depth psychology explores what lies at the depths of our experience; it turns toward the shadow, it inquires about the lived experiences of both inner and outer realities, and it is a mode of seeing, knowing, and being that is informed by psyche and the imagination. Depth psychological approaches to psychological suffering attempt to help individuals become aware of what has been cast out of consciousness or not yet able to be known. There is evidence for the efficacy of depth psychology, the studies show that it has a longer-lasting and more profound impact than cognitive or behavioral psychologies alone. Depth psychological approaches to psychotherapy are now joined by depth psychological approaches to community, cultural, and ecological issues.
From a depth psychological perspective healing is associated with allowing what has been repressed, rejected, denied or ignored to come forward so that the person can understand, explore its significance and integrate it, allowing for a transformation in consciousness. Depth Psychology also attends to the way unconscious processes express themselves in society and culture, and how culture affects the psyche. Through the study of dreams, images, symptoms, slips of the tongue, spontaneous humor, meaningful coincidences as well as interpersonal engagements, depth psychologists attempt to understand the language and the dynamics of the unconscious as it manifests in their work with clients and in the world.
2. Healing Arts –
“Having a body that is like a musical instrument, open enough to be able to resonate, literally resonate with what is coming both from the inside and from the outside, so that one is able to surrender to powers greater than oneself.” ~Marion Woodman
Psychotherapy as a healing modality is evolving. Interdisciplinary approaches are developing methods to attend to the care of the body and the subtle body in their relationship to ones emotional healing. When we attend to the whole person we see there is no separation or hierarchy of the physical, emotional, subtle energetic, and spiritual bodies. We cannot ignore the interconnection of mind, body, subtle body, spirit and nature when considering holistic approaches to wellness. Healing arts transform stuckness and suffering that are trapped in the layers of ones being. The healing arts shape an understanding of ways to approach whole Self.
Here the healing arts are one of the 3 Branches of my interdisciplinary approach. East West healing traditions refers to over 20 years of advanced studies, certifications, and practice of the use of healing traditions such as reiki and polarity in energy work; Shiatsu, reflexology, acupressure & the meridians, and aromatherapy in bodywork; visualization, and breath work in subtle body work…just to name a few. Like the Quote above, my study and practice of these wisdom teachings informs my work towards understanding in a deep and clear way the experience of others.
3. Intentional Creative Processes-
“Intentional Creative Process crosses barriers, lays down new track, and creates bridges that lead to innovative solutions. The path to new ideas about the world, our work, our relationships, and our own evolution arise out of the imagination. Yet, often people feel fearful or cut off from ways to connect to their creative genius. Intentional Creative Process provides both the structured form and the spacious reverie that bypasses all those old familiar blocks that keep people from connecting to creative inspiration. I have experienced this in my own process, and also with my clients. Without fail people arrive at a new place, a new idea, or a new form that ultimately frees them from stuckness or suffering. It is through Intentional Creative Process that people recognize their own creative genius.“ ~Mary McCrystal, PhD, MFT
Intentional Creative Process is a method that nurtures connection to mind, body, subtle body, and psyche. It offers a framework for a person to approach creativity as a tool for empowerment. When we combine intention with inquiry, mindfulness and creativity we are able to access pathways toward the healed whole and healthy Self. Intentional Creative Process takes a method like mindfulness-which has gained a lot of support recently as an effective therapeutic tool-and expands that healing potential exponentially. It facilitates resiliency through giving form and language to internal imagery. Once a person is able to intentionally out-picture a symbol/shape/movement they are able to transform a feeling sense into an expanded dynamic new relationship. Intentional Creative Process can be applied to any creative expression. It is a framework, and an approach, as well as a tool to assist people in overcoming challenges and move through trauma. How we experience ourselves and our world shifts when we work with image, symbols, and language. We are able to ‘move on’ or through things quicker, with a greater understanding, and a capacity to be with our self and others from a place of compassion. When we create this way, intentionally, with image and inquiry, we restructure our energetic bodies. It is a catalytic transformation process that can literally change our energy structure, which creates expansion, fluidity, and freedom in our relationships.