Categories Archives: Creative and Integrative Therapies

Art Therapy and EMDR

Artwork provides a concrete, visual image that is utilized when reprocessing experiences with the bilateral stimulation of EMDR Therapy. Children, in particular, respond positively to the combination of the two.

EMDR stands for “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.” This counseling modality integrates elements of many effective therapy approaches—including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies—into structured protocols designed to maximize treatment success (see www.emdr.com for more information).

Practitioners

Barbra Danin, LMFT

Barbra Danin, LMFT, Clinical Art Therapist

Barbra is a Certified EMDR Therapist, and incorporates Art Therapy with EMDR when appropriate.

Barbra trained as an art therapist at Loyola Marymount University, and has been treating children, individuals and families with Art therapy for over 30 years. She has taught Art Therapy courses to graduate students, and has lectured nationally and internationally on the practice of Art Therapy.

» Learn more at www.barbradanin.com.

» Contact Barbra at bdanin@barbradanin.com or (314) 477-8585.

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Clinical Art Therapy

Clinical Art Therapy incorporates painting, drawing, sculpture, and other types of art creation into the session, as a tool for communication and treatment. Because it reaches beyond words, it is often effective in helping to convey underlying emotions and difficulties.

Art expression requires no artistic ability, and can be effective with anyone.

Practitioners

Barbra Danin, LMFT, Clinical Art Therapist

Barbra trained as an art therapist at Loyola Marymount University, and has been treating children, individuals and families with Art therapy for over 30 years. She has taught Art Therapy courses to graduate students, and has lectured nationally and internationally on the practice of Art Therapy.

» Learn more at www.barbradanin.com.

» Contact Barbra at bdanin@barbradanin.com or (314) 477-8585.

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Barbra Danin, MA, LMFT

Barbra Danin is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Clinical Art Therapist and Certified EMDR Therapist.

Degree and Experience

Barbra Danin received her Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy and Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and has been in practice for over 30 years.

Her experience includes working with young children, preteens and adolescents, adults, groups, couples and families.  Barbra has lived throughout the United States and overseas, and has practiced in schools, hospitals, clinics, residential treatment facilities, Family Court and private practice. She has taught courses in Psychology and Art Therapy, and has lectured on issues of mental health both in the US and internationally.

Barbra incorporates the use of art expression and EMDR into treatment when appropriate, providing a novel approach to understanding and processing feelings and issues.

Specialties

Art Therapy

Through painting, drawing, sculpture and other modes of creative process, art making is highly effective in helping to recognize and express underlying emotions and patterns of thought, offering a non-verbal outlet for uncovering underlying issues.

It is the process of art making, rather than the product, that is the focus of the treatment, and is, at times, healing in and of itself.

Art Therapy does not require artistic ability, and is appropriate for all ages.

» Learn more about Art Therapy.

EMDR Therapy

EMDR taps into the natural healing ability of the body, through bilateral stimulation of the brain. This can be done in various ways, including through rapid eye movement, tapping or other physical movements.

EMDR has been found to be effective in treating:

  • Anxiety & panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Grief
  • Pain and addictions
  • Self-esteem and performance anxiety
  • PTSD

EMDR has been established by extensive research, and has successfully helped treat millions of individuals. The World Health Organization recognizes EMDR Therapy as having the most successful outcomes in treating trauma.

» Learn more about EMDR.

The combination of EMDR with Art Therapy is often highly effective, particularly in working with children and adolescents

Counseling for Individuals, Couples, and Families

Individual Counseling

Individual Therapy is offered to children, adolescents and adults. When treating children, Barbra works closely with parents and caretakers, offering support and guidance on parenting issues.

Couples Counseling

Work with couples focuses on helping improve relationships by improving communication patterns and facilitating an understanding and acceptance of each other’s feelings.

» Learn more about Individual and Couples Counseling.

Family Therapy

Meeting with family members together helps each one develop an understanding of the roles they play within the system and how they impact one another, in efforts to realign relationships and affect change. This includes families struggling with conflicts, those undergoing or adjusting to divorce, and blended families who are redefining their relationships.

» Learn more about Family Therapy.

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Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that aims to identify and change negative thinking patterns and encourage the development and practice of new, positive behaviors. It was developed initially to help treat people struggling with personality disorders, especially Borderline Personality Disorder.

Practitioners

Dr. Michael Bridges

Dr. Michael Bridges

Michael R. Bridges, M.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Bridges was one of the first psychologists to use DBT with incarcerated, personality-disordered offenders in the early 1990s. When he became an assistant professor of clinical psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill, he was appointed director of the inpatient DBT unit at John Umstead Hospital.

While Dr. Bridges’ approach is more experimental than cognitive, he uses principles from DBT, particularly mindfulness to help clients learn to identify how their thoughts can contribute to or help lessen their experiences of emotional pain—and to learn various methods for slowing down their mind so that they can more fully experience the present moment.

» For more information and to schedule a session with Dr. Bridges, contact him directly at drmbridges1@gmail.com or 215-868-6393.

 

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Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a therapy approach, developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, that recognizes and respects the complexity of each person’s inner world. Inner conflict between parts (often recognized as having competing beliefs and desires) is often at the root of anxiety, depression, indecisiveness, and dissatisfaction.

By listening deeply to all parts of self, we can have greater ease in our lives, greater compassion for ourselves, and less distress and reactivity. When we begin to understand our inner conflicts through the lens of IFS and parts, we develop an ability to see our struggles more clearly and with greater compassion.

In couples therapy, this lens leads to deeper understanding about habitual reactions and patterns and, ultimately, greater intimacy and connection.

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Practitioners

Dr. Michael Bridges

Dr. Michael Bridges

Michael R. Bridges, M.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Bridges has spent the last two years in intensive study and training in IFS, including workshops and trainings with Dr. Richard Schwartz. In 2017, he began a year-long Level 1 IFS training in Philadelphia.

» Contact Michael at drmbridges1@gmail.com or 215-868-6393.

Elizabeth Venart, M.Ed., LPC

Elizabeth Venart

Elizabeth recognizes that people come to therapy looking for information and resources to help them, especially when struggling to create new patterns in their relationships or working to overcome experiences of grief and trauma. IFS is helpful because it recognizes and respects the complexity of each person’s inner world. By listening deeply to all parts of self, we can have greater ease in our lives, greater compassion for ourselves, and less distress and reactivity.

» Learn more at www.elizabethvenart.com/emdr

» Contact Elizabeth at ElizabethLPC@comcast.net or (215) 233-2002

Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC

Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC

Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC

Jen Perry is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Life Coach, and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. Jen Perry builds on her clients’ values and strengths and teaches them mindfulness and creative problem-solving skills, empowering them to find authentic self-expression in the world. Her approach balances the desire for personal growth and change with acceptance and loving-kindness for self and others.

» Visit Jen’s website.

» Contact Jen at jenperry7@mac.com and (215) 292-5056.

Trudy Gregson, MS, LPC

Trudy uses IFS to help clients experiencing depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, issues related to trauma, life transitions, grief and loss. Clients connect with the IFS approach because it values and respects each individual’s inner system and provides for true collaboration between therapist and client.

Using IFS, Trudy guides clients through a process of bringing self-compassion and curiosity to their symptoms and difficulties, helping them to release the constraints that these difficulties place on them and bringing balance and harmony to their lives. Trudy has completed the Level 1 training in the Internal Family Systems Model through the Center for Self-Leadership.

» Contact Trudy at trudy@trudygregsontherapy.com or 267-652-1732.

 

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Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)

Accelerated experiential-dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on healing-oriented techniques and aims to achieve a transformation in client behavior by exploring the in-depth processing of difficult emotional and relational experiences.

This innovative method was developed by Dr. Diana Fosha and has roots in and resonances with many disciplines, amongst them attachment theory, affective neuroscience, and body-focused approaches.

Learn More about AEDP

Practitioners

Dr. Michael Bridges

Dr. Michael Bridges

Michael R. Bridges, M.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Bridges was among the first psychologists that realized the important contributions of AEDP and sought out training and supervision with Dr. Fosha. Dr. Fosha was also impressed with Dr. Bridges’ ability to use somatic approaches in accessing core affects and has invited him to present to her graduate classes and at AEDP trainings.

» Contact Dr. Bridges at drmbridges1@gmail.com or 215-868-6393.

 

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Michael R. Bridges, M.S., Ph.D.

MichaelBridges-ProfilePhoto-RCClinical Psychologist

Michael R. Bridges, Ph.D. is a former Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at Temple University and a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Pennsylvania.

25 Years of Experience in Psychotherapy

Dr. Bridges has 25 years of experience in providing psychotherapy, assessment, psychotherapy research, teaching, supervision, and continuing education. For six years, he worked as a clinical and forensic psychologist for the U.S. Department of justice and contributed to the scientific literature on the assessment and treatment of various types of offenders.

Academic Research

He then became an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and the Director of the in-patient Dialectical Behavior Therapy Unit at John Umstead State Hospital. He moved to Philadelphia in 2001 to become an Associate Professor and Director of the Psychological Services Center at Temple University. He received international attention for his research on the physiological and emotional processes involved in healing attachment injuries. Because of the importance of this research he was asked to contribute an article, “Activating the Corrective Emotional Experience” for a special issue of The Journal of Clinical Psychology on emotion regulation in psychotherapy.

In 2006 he joined the Council for Relationships and Jefferson University to help develop their graduate program in Couples and Family Therapy.

Full-time Practice of Clinical Psychology Since 2012

Since 2012, Dr. Bridges has been involved in the full-time practice of clinical psychology with an emphasis on individual therapy and couples therapy for issues related to depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, infidelity, and attachment injuries related to abuse or family of origin issues. Recently, he was also a consultant, supervisor and therapist on a multisite research project that examined the impact of cognitive-behavioral and emotion focused psychotherapies on depression with woman suffering from Ovarian Cancer and men who were recovering from Prostate Cancer.

Dr. Bridges is sought out as a guest lecturer in graduate programs and to provide continuing education to professional organizations of therapists.

Psychotherapy Specialties

Individual, Couples, and Group Psychotherapy

Dr. Bridges’ psychotherapy specialties include depression, trauma and anxiety, job stress and career transition. He has experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds but currently works with many physicians, health-care professionals, attorneys, business professionals, academics and other therapists who function in demanding work environments.

He is trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) which is one of the most empirically informed treatments for couples who are struggling with negative cycles related to infidelity, or early attachment injuries and trauma related to their family of origin. Dr. Bridges also has an interest and experience in working with college students and those involved in the creative-arts.

Many clients who had been in psychotherapy before but found themselves talking about the same issues over and over with no real change, have found Dr. Bridges’ skill at helping them access the core emotions in sessions that their problems stem from very helpful.

An Attachment and Emotion-Focused Approach to Therapy

The foundation of Dr. Bridges’ work with individuals, couples, and groups is relational and empathetic and based on the importance of early and later attachments in our life and the basic human emotions that form the basis of these relationships. Dr. Bridges’ warmth, sensitivity, humor and intelligence help most clients experience a sense of respect and safety in just a few sessions so that deeper issues can start to be addressed.

Strategies and Solutions Used in Psychotherapy

Dr. Bridges recognizes that people come to therapy looking for new information and resources to help them, especially when struggling to create new patterns in their relationships or working to overcome experiences of depression, anxiety and trauma. As a former professor in top graduate programs in clinical psychology and marriage and family therapy, and as a psychotherapy researcher and practioner, Dr. Bridges has extensive knowledge and training in cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, somatic and emotional focused approaches.

The following are the approaches that have most influenced his practice.

Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dr. Bridges was one of the first psychologists to use DBT with incarcerated, personality-disordered offenders in the early 1990s. When he became an assistant professor of clinical psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill, he was appointed director of the inpatient DBT unit at John Umstead Hospital.

While Dr. Bridges’ approach is more experimental than cognitive, he uses principles from DBT, particularly mindfulness to help clients learn to identify how their thoughts can contribute to or help lessen their experiences of emotional pain—and to learn various methods for slowing down their mind so that they can more fully experience the present moment.

Accelerated experiential-dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP)

Accelerated experiential-dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on healing-oriented techniques and aims to achieve a transformation in client behavior by exploring the in-depth processing of difficult emotional and relational experiences. This innovative method was developed by Dr. Diana Fosha and has roots in and resonances with many disciplines, amongst them attachment theory, affective neuroscience, and body-focused approaches.

Dr. Bridges was among the first psychologists that realized the important contributions of AEDP and sought out training and supervision with Dr. Fosha. Dr. Fosha was also impressed with Dr. Bridges’ ability to use somatic approaches in accessing core affects and has invited him to present to her graduate classes and at AEDP trainings.

Learn more about AEDP

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a therapy approach developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, that recognizes and respects the complexity of each person’s inner world. Inner conflict between parts (often recognized as having competing beliefs and desires) is often at the root of anxiety, depression, indecisiveness, and dissatisfaction. By listening deeply to all parts of self, we can have greater ease in our lives, greater compassion for ourselves, and less distress and reactivity. When we begin to understand our inner conflicts through the lens of IFS and parts, we develop an ability to see our struggles more clearly and with greater compassion. In couples therapy, this lens leads to deeper understanding about habitual reactions and patterns and, ultimately, greater intimacy and connection.

Dr. Bridges has spent the last two years in intensive study and training in IFS, including workshops and trainings with Dr. Richard Schwartz. In 2017, he began a year-long Level 1 IFS training in Philadelphia.

Learn more about IFS

Emotion Focused Therapy for Individuals and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) is a structured approach to couples counseling formulated in the 1980’s by Dr. Susan Johnson and Dr. Leslie Greenberg that integrated the emerging science on adult attachment and the importance of different types of emotional expression that bring couples closer or tear them apart.

A substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of EFT now exists. Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements.

The founders of this type of therapy, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Greenberg, eventually went their separate ways, with Dr. Johnson continuing to refine the EFT approach to couples counseling and Dr. Greenberg focusing more on EFT approaches in individual therapy.

Dr. Bridges considers himself fortunate to have experienced advanced training in EFT couples therapy from Dr. Johnson and her colleagues as well as advanced training and supervision from Dr. Greenberg in individual EFT. Dr. Greenberg also agreed to serve as a consultant and mentor for Dr. Bridges’ psychotherapy research at Temple University and Dr., Greenberg and Dr. Bridges have presented together at national and international conferences.

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Ecotherapy

bridge-thumbEcotherapy is an umbrella term for a variety of techniques that help a person to deepen their connection with nature as well as to understand and process the emotional impact of a declining and damaged environment.

Using metaphors and associations from aspects of nature, the client gains access to a deeper wisdom or understanding of themselves and in the process feels a revitalized connection to place. Ecotherapy has shown to be effective in alleviating symptoms of depression, anxiety, and ADHD.

Practitioners

HeatherHill-thumbHeather Hill

Heather completed a certificate in Ecotherapy from the Earthbody Institute and is working on incorporating Ecotherapy techniques into her practice. Heather is as likely to work outdoors as well as indoors with clients around these practices.

» Contact Heather Hill, MSS, LCSW, to learn more at 215-485-7205 or Heatherhilltherapy@gmail.com

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Heather Hill, MSS, LCSW

fullsizeoutput_4cfdHeather Hill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Pennsylvania.

She earned a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Bucknell University and a Masters in Social Work from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

She has been working with children, adolescents and adults for over 10 years helping them to address a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, parenting and life transitions. She incorporates mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and family systems theories in her approach to clinical work. She is trauma informed, humanistic and holistic in orientation.

Adolescents

Adolescence is a time of great change and many teenagers feel vulnerable and confused. The developmental task of identity formation prompts them to ask themselves the big questions: Who am I? What do I want to be? How do I manage my overwhelming emotions? Heather provides an environment of warmth, acceptance, and safety for teenagers to explore these questions. Heather has extensive experience with a diverse population of teenagers, including LGBTQ and teenagers on the autistic spectrum.

Anxiety and depression

Anxiety and depression are negative mood states that rob a person’s sense of vitality, mission and engagement in life. Using cognitive and mindfulness approaches, Heather works with clients to reveal patterns of thinking and behaving that contribute to anxiety and depression. She is particularly interested in helping clients overcome social isolation and to feel connected to a broader community and sense of meaning.

Parenting

The pressures of parenting in our modern world can be overwhelming to even the most equipped parent. Heather is interested in helping parents manage the work/life balance and social media influences that challenge traditional parenting wisdom. Heather wants to especially support parents who have children with ADHD and parents of multiples.

The picturesque Fort Washington State Park is just steps from The Resiliency Center.

The picturesque Fort Washington State Park is just steps from The Resiliency Center.

Ecotherapy

Ecotherapy is an emerging field that has shown to be helpful in relieving symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress and ADHD. Heather completed a certificate in Ecotherapy from the Earthbody Institute and is working on incorporating Ecotherapy techniques into her practice. Ecotherapy envelops a wide variety of activities that help clients to awaken and/or deepen a connection to nature for the purposes of healing and growth. Heather is as likely to work outdoors as well as indoors with clients around these practices.

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EMDR

EMDR stands for “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.” This counseling modality integrates elements of many effective therapy approaches—including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies—into structured protocols designed to maximize treatment success (see www.emdr.com for more information).

During EMDR, clients focus on past, present, and future experiences while simultaneously focusing on external, bilateral stimulation (such as eye movements, sensory tappers, alternating sounds on earphones). Through this dual focus of attention and the entire protocol, people are able to process through upsetting memories and experiences that remain “stuck” and continue to create current-day emotional reactions despite previous counseling work.

EMDR is especially powerful in helping people alleviate symptoms of anxiety and in helping people who have experienced trauma (childhood abuse, witnessing violence and death, car accident, bullying, etc.). EMDR can also be very effective in enhancing feelings of confidence and unblocking motivation to make positive changes in one’s life.

Practitioners

Elizabeth Venart, M.Ed., LPC

Elizabeth Venart

Elizabeth Venart has used EMDR successfully with hundreds of clients with diverse issues over the past fifteen years, and continues to attend advanced trainings regularly. As a Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA-Approved Consultant, she also offers individual and group consultation to therapists seeking to strengthen their skills and gain certification.

» Learn more at www.elizabethvenart.com/emdr

» Contact Elizabeth at ElizabethLPC@comcast.net or (215) 233-2002

Kathleen Krol, MSS, LCSW, RPT-S

Kathleen Krol, MSS, LCSW, RPT-S

Kathleen Krol

Kathleen has received Basic Training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Advanced Training in EMDR with Children and Adolescents. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years post graduate training in Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy, Contextual Family Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy.

» Learn more at www.kathleenkrol.com

» Contact Kathleen at 215-289-3101 prompt #1, or kasiakrol17@verizon.net

Barbra Danin, LMFT

Barbra Danin, LMFT

Barbra is a Certified EMDR Therapist, and incorporates Art Therapy with EMDR when appropriate.

» Learn more at www.barbradanin.com.

» Contact Barbra at bdanin@barbradanin.com or (314) 477-8585.

Elizabeth Campbell, MS, LPC

Elizabeth Campbell, MS, LPC

Elizabeth Campbell has received the Complete EMDR Therapy Training as well as Advanced Training in EMDR with Children and Adolescents. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She provides EMDR Therapy for both children and adults, incorporating play-based or expressive interventions when appropriate.

» Learn more at www.elizabethcampbellcounseling.com.

» Contact Elizabeth at 610-757-8163 or elizabeth@elizabethcampbellcounseling.com.

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