My Approach to Helping
THE CONSCIOUS BODY PROCESS
The Conscious Body process is a powerful method that uses dialogue and creative processes to decipher the messages our bodies are sending us. When you are faced with pain or illness, Conscious Body is an enlivening approach that helps you discover the medicine hidden within. Your discoveries will help you to expand in unexpected, transformational, ways. Developed by Somatic Therapist Judith Hendin, Conscious Body is a useful adjunct to medical treatment and regular psychotherapy, and may speed the healing process.
THE VOICE DIALOGUE PROCESS
Voice Dialogue is an experiential method that practitioners can use with clients. Voice Dialogue is not a therapy; it is a tool for consciousness and transformation. Voice Dialogue is used by psychologists, bodyworkers, coaches, artists, couples, and anyone who wishes to get to know herself/himself better.
Voice Dialogue allows a practitioner to talk directly to a familiar "part" or "inner self" of a client. This part thinks, feels and acts in particular ways, and it has a unique energy. Each familiar part has an equal and opposite part that is hidden or buried. When the opposite part is also accessed through Voice Dialogue, the client begins to experience the polarity within. The practitioner teaches the client to develop an Aware Ego process that stands between the opposites. From the Aware Ego, the client strengthens the capacity for true choice. They also learn to hold opposite energies in ways that can benefit the body.
Voice Dialogue also gives tools for clients who want to understand relationships better. Voice Dialogue explains that various interpersonal dynamics at play in the client's relationships. Through understanding becoming aware of the specific inner selves that are active in the individual and in the relationship, there is an opportunity to break old bonding patterns that may have consistently sabotaged the health and vitality of a relationship.
The process of developing an Aware Ego is one of the most transformational tools available today. By developing awareness and some detachment from the presenting problem, the individual is able to see many new alternatives and opportunities that were not available consciously before. Thus, old patterns are replaced with many new options for how to view oneself and ones situation. In this way, new choices become available.
(This description of Voice Dialogue is adapted from Mary Disharoon, LMFT.)