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Continuing Education for Professional Psychotherapists

The Resiliency Center offers continuing education for professional psychologists.

Practitioners

Dr. Michael Bridges

Dr. Michael Bridges

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

Dr. Bridges has presented at national and international professional organizations since the early 1990s on topics as diverse the personality assessment of psychopaths and serial killers to the cardiovascular changes that distinguish clients who experience positive change in psychotherapy from those who don’t.

When his schedule permits, he is a guest lecturer to graduate psychology classes on resolving trauma and attachment injuries and provides experiential workshops to psychotherapists based on his research summarized in his article, “Activating the Corrective Emotional Experience,” in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Bridges was an assistant professor in clinical psychology at the University of NC at Chapel Hill, an associate professor of clinical psychology and director of the training clinic at Temple University, and an adjunct associate professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program at Jefferson University.

» For more information, contact Dr. Bridges at drmbridges1@gmail.com or 215-868-6393.

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Clinical Supervision for Psychologists

The Resiliency Center offers clinical supervision for psychologists.

Practitioners

Dr. Michael Bridges

Dr. Michael Bridges

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

Dr. Bridges has hundreds of hours of experience in supervising graduate students and mental health professionals in the practice of psychotherapy. He is often sought out by licensed therapists whose training has been more cognitive or traditionally psychodynamic and who want to incorporate emotion focused and experiential approaches into their practice.

» For more information, contact Dr. Bridges at drmbridges1@gmail.com or 215-868-6393.

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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.

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.

Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements.

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For Couples For Individuals

Practitioners

Dr. Michael Bridges

Dr. Michael Bridges

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

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.

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

Barbra Danin, LMFT

Barbra Danin, LMFT

Barbra has participated ongoing training in Emotion Focused Therapy for over 10 years. EFT has shown to be highly effective in helping couples develop an understanding of their partner’s feelings and behaviors, in order to bring about desired changes in the relationship.

» Learn more at www.barbradanin.com.

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

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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 trudygregsontherapy@gmail.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.

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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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