Dana Andrews

Integral Psychotherapy

The integral approach to therapy aims to look at your present moment experience from a holistic perspective and the ways in which aspects of your unique background and identity - including your culture, spiritual practice/religion, education, socioeconomic state, sexuality & gender expression, family background/ways of attaching, particular ways of thinking/being, and other aspects of yourself intersect and interact with your environment to form the whole of you. By looking at these various facets of your identity and applying therapeutic methods rooted in mindfulness, attachment theory, analysis, behavioralism, relational/gestalt theory, transpersonal psychology (psychospirituality), and somatic/body conscious orientations, all through a trauma-sensitive framework, important truths are revealed that ultimately lead to healing. Some particular interventions we may choose to use during session include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): identify harmful thought patterns, reality check them, and strategize ways to challenge and overcome them when detrimental to overall functioning and well-being.

  • Hakomi Immersion into Experience: mindfulness oriented intervention with somatic (body-oriented) practices to get to the heart of a matter. Helpful to shift core wounds that come up around negative or traumatic memories.

  • Gestalt Present Moment Awareness Practice: an exercise to help focus the mind in the present moment by recognizing and expressing all that comes up sensationally, emotionally, and otherwise in real time. Aids in helping to soothe anxiety, strengthen voice, and recognize and build trust with authentic self.

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT): an experiential practice to bring attention from the rational place of the mind to the more vulnerable space where emotions reside drawing on attachment. Great for couples.

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): a meditative/awareness practice to bring self away from thought and emotion enough to be an observer, without reaction and judgement. To cultivate spaciousness, peace, and awareness of patterns of thinking and feeling.

  • Meditation: A practice in gently going inward to drop into a deeper place of stillness, rest, bliss, embodiment, truth, insight, and understanding. Helpful for reducing many kinds of symptoms that often lead to suffering.