Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy
Developmental Needs Strategy (DNMS) subscribes to the theory of the development of sub-personalities as a result of particular mind states. Varying ego states develop from mind states that are the result of a particular event, others develop as a reaction, and still others develop from introjection. The latter is believed to be the result of neurons that are highly reactive during extremely negative or positive situations. Although experts do not believe an ego state is developed or a result of introjection on a conscious level, it is a prevalent underlying biological reaction beyond our control. Levels of ego interact with each other similarly to members of a family, at times cooperatively and at times antagonistically. Each ego state can be working in harmony with the others or in opposition with each other. The goal of DNMS is to achieve a balance between the states and provide a positive agenda for them to adhere to. It was developed by Shirley Jean Schmidt, MA, LPC.
Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS) is a form of therapy designed to address a spectrum of symptoms, issues and varying client bases. This ego-centric therapy aids people with:
- traumatic experiences
- physical abuse
- verbal abuse
- sexual abuse
- attachment issues
- neglect from parental figures.
DNMS assumes that a client maintains a specific child-like state in adulthood due to the inadequacy of needs fulfillment in childhood.
The therapy begins by bringing clients to their own resources, including a spiritual, protective and nurturing self. By integrating all three of these resources, a client can supply their own needs and heal the wounded child ego state by addressing emotional suffering and creating an emotional bond. At key milestones during the therapeutic process, alternating bilateral stimulation is utilized. DNMS focuses on transforming ego states that represent dysfunctional, abusive or neglectful caregivers. By altering these troublesome shapes, the client can progress from a wounded ego position to a state of decreased negative emotions and behaviors.
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Last updated: 06-07-2016
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