In his therapy sessions, Benji uses a diverse set of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Techniques and Skills, Somatic Experiencing (SE), Psychodrama, Mind-Body Approaches, and other Psychodynamic Approaches.
Each person is unique and a world unto themselves and requires a unique treatment plan. Benji’s diverse therapeutic “toolbox” enables him to meet each of his clients “where they are at” and give each of them the personal attention and touch that they require and deserve.
CBT is a form of talk therapy focused on changing thought patterns. It’s effective for a number of conditions and can have positive results in improving quality of life and the ability to function. CBT techniques are based on core principles that explain that psychological difficulties stem from negative, unhelpful ways of thinking and learned patterns of negative behavior.
SOMATIC EXPERIENCING (SE)
Somatic experiencing is a method of alternative therapy for treating trauma and stressor-related disorders like PTSD. The primary goal of SE is to modify the trauma-related stress response through bottom-up processing. Somatic Experiencing aims to restore the body’s ability to self-regulate in order to achieve balance and integrity. Together, we will help you find places of safety, whether that be a place in the body that is not activated by the trauma, or a physical place to retreat to in one’s mind.
DBT is a type of cognitive behavior therapy that uses an evidence-based approach to help you be in the moment so you can have more stable, improved relationships. It helps you develop effective coping skills and regulate your emotions. It is a dynamic approach that includes educational and experiential components related to emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal relationships.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a cutting-edge psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. It is not a traditional talk therapy that asks the patient to recount traumatic events in detail. Instead, EMDR uses eye-movements and other bi-lateral stimulation techniques to desensitize and reprocess traumatic experiences and unhelpful inner-negative cognitions. EMDR is effective is treating trauma, addiction, attachment wounds, stagnation and emotional paralysis, and more.
INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS (IFS)
The Internal Family Systems Model is an integrative approach that understands that the mind is made up of relatively discrete subpersonalities, each with its own unique viewpoint and qualities. IFS focuses on healing the wounded parts and restoring mental balance and harmony by changing the dynamics that create discord among the sub-personalities and the Self.
Mindfulness strengthens neural connections. By training our brains in mindfulness and related practices, we can build new neural pathways and networks in the brain to helps us heal or cope with what is ailing us. Mindfulness teaches us to suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness, to ourselves and others.
Psychodynamic therapy focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. Its hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination, and the use of the relationship between therapist and patient as a window into problematic relationship patterns in the client's life.
Psychodrama is an action-based psychotherapy, in which clients use spontaneous dramatization, role-playing, and dramatic self-presentation to investigate and gain insight into their lives by exploring past, present, or future occurrences. Psychodrama can help people see themselves and their situations from an outside perspective, and so, sessions often become a safe place for people to explore new solutions to difficulties or challenges.
Mind–body therapies focus on the interactions between the brain, mind, body, and behaviors and on the ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly affect health. Mind-body practices are techniques designed to enhance the mind's positive impact on the body.
NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING (NLP)
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is a psychological approach that involves analyzing strategies used by successful individuals and applying them to reach a personal goal. It relates thoughts, language, and patterns of behavior learned through experience to specific outcomes.