The Counseling Office of Dr. Debbie Ritterbush, PhD
SERVING FIRST RESP0NDERS AND THEIR FAMILIES
This therapeutic modality allows our therapists and clients to form a trusted relationship, in order to address and dissect issues causing distress. CBT uses a practical approach in which the therapist helps the client understand the relationship between beliefs, feelings, and thoughts, and the effect these have on behavior patterns and actions.
EMDR is an information processing therapy, that uses an eight phase approach to address the experiential contributors of a wide range of pathologies. Our therapists assist clients as they attend to the past experiences that have set the groundwork for the current situations that often trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs, and sensations, and the positive experience needed to enhance future adaptive behaviors and mental health.
Our therapists are well versed in attachment theory. Attachment theory is focused on the relationships and bonds between people, including those between a parent and child, and between our friends and partners. Therapists assist clients in understanding how some of their earliest experiences and bonds, have a tremendous impact that continues throughout life, and the understanding that this is “normal,” as it assisted them when young, to improve their chance of survival, but there may be a need for changes in behavior as it relates to relationships today.
IFS is a transformative tool that conceives every human being as a system of protective and wounded inner parts lead by a core Self. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing. Just like members of a family, inner parts are forced from their valuable states into extreme roles within us. Self is in everyone. It can’t be damaged. It knows how to heal.
IFS is frequently used as an evidence-based psychotherapy, helping people heal by accessing and healing their protective and wounded inner parts. IFS creates inner and outer connectedness by helping people first access their Self and, from that core, come to understand and heal their parts. IFS can be used in conjunction with EMDR Therapy.
When we cultivate a felt sense of compassion for ourselves, we are resourced to brave the complexities of the mood. Our resourcing practices are designed to prepare for EMDR Therapy, and to reduce trauma-related symptoms. The fundamental belief of our teachings and techniques is that, “We are already the wholeness that we seek.” Clients are supported to return to the sense that all we desire is already within us. Our resourcing techniques include: designed for safety and stabilization include; mindfulness exercises, breathing techniques, easy meditations, gentle movements with body awareness, and Yoga Nidra.