What is Integral?

Integral theory, as conceptualized by Ken Wilber, is an all-inclusive framework that seeks to bring into deeper dialogue all the wisdom traditions from across the world through all phases of time and history, spanning the pre-modern, modern and post-modern.

Integral theory harmonizes disparate, separate and sometimes anti-thetical paradigms and assimilates them in ways that are mutually supporting and enriching, yet not reducing any one discipline in light of another. It is based on holistically engaging the four dimensions of one’s existence namely the subjective (mind), inter-subjective (relationships), objective (body) and inter-objective (environmental, societal).

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What is Transpersonal Psychotherapy?

The Transpersonal has been described as experiences in which individuals extend beyond the personal realm of ego consciousness to a cosmic consciousness that can be described as a feeling of oneness with the universe.

The Transpersonal approach describes and accommodates spiritual experience within modern psychological theory. It is concerned with esoteric mental experience, mysticism and altered states of consciousness beyond the usual limits of ego and personality.

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What is Mindfulness Meditation?

Mindfulness Meditation derives from ancient Buddhist and Yogic  awareness practices where one is paying attention moment to moment in a nonjudgemental way.

The core of  Integral Psyche-Therapy and Integral Coaching is based on learning and maintaining mindfulness, which allows one to become fully conscious of one’s experience in the here and now. Being present to the moment,  in turn, facilitates therapeutic work towards self-transformation.

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What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga Therapy  weaves in traditional yogic concepts and techniques, such as mudra ( hand gesture), asana (posture), pranayama  (breath control)  and dhyana (concentration) to facilitate psychological processing.

Yoga Therapy does not necessarily involve mat work and could be done sitting in a chair. Clients need not have a pre-existing practice of yoga to reap the benefits of Yoga Therapy.

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What is Psychodynamic Therapy?

Psychodynamic Therapy is synonymous with depth psychology and has its roots in the work of Sigmund Freud. Its primary focus is to make conscious the unconscious content within the psyche in order to make sense of symptoms and behaviors which obstruct the optimum functioning of the individual.

Post Freud, there have been a number of approaches such as Jungian, Post Jungian, Object Relations, Bionian and Lacanian that address the dialectic of the conscious and unconscious.

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What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is based on the premise that our thoughts play a fundamental role in influencing our behaviour. Through this course of treatment, an individual is likely to learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behaviour.

The aim of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is to teach individuals that even though they can’t control situations themselves, it is possible to take control of how they interpret and react to them.

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What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy?

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy combines standard cognitive-behavioural techniques for emotional regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance and mindful awareness, largely derived from Buddhist meditative practices.

This approach works towards helping individuals increase their emotional and cognitive regulation by becoming aware of triggers that lead to reactive states. It also helps assess which coping skills are best applied in the sequence of events, thoughts or feelings that lead to the undesired behaviour.

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What is Hakomi?

The Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy was first created in the late 1970′s by the internationally renowned therapist and author, Ron Kurtz.

At its most basic level, Hakomi is the therapeutic expression of a specific set of principles: mindfulness, non-violence, unity and mind-body integration. Hakomi helps people change “core material.” Core material is composed of memories, images, beliefs, neural patterns and deeply held emotional dispositions. It shapes the habits and behaviours that define us as individuals.

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What is Somatic Experiencing?

Somatic Experiencing is a method created by Dr Peter Levine to assess, work with and release traumatic shock and early childhood and developmental attachment trauma. The method is an integration of Dr Levine’s multidisciplinary studies on neurobiology, psychology, indigenous healing practices and biophysics.

Somatic Experiencing allows one to release post-traumatic stress that remains stuck in the trauma survivors nervous system inhibiting his or her capacity to live a fulfilling life. Once the trauma has been released the person can reclaim parts of his or her life, which were implicitly informed by the traumatic experience.

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What is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a technique that involves gaining control of involuntary body functions. This therapeutic repertoire demonstrates that the mind and body are interconnected and that people can be taught to harness the power of this connection to change physical activity, thereby improving overall health and wellbeing.

Sonera may use biofeedback to help individuals control their response to stress.

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What is Ecotherapy?

Ecotherapy seeks to address conscious and unconscious human alienation and destruction of the natural world, while simultaneously facilitating and nurturing the inherent bond human beings have with the biosphere.

Ecotherapy also encompasses exposure to the wilderness and various other natural environments by asserting that the environment we inhabit has a direct impact on the psyche.

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What is Dreamwork?

Dreams provide a wealth of information to help gain a nuanced view of our unconscious thoughts. Sigmund Freud saw dreams as the royal road to the unconscious.

In Dreamwork, dreams are approached as embodied images reflecting our most hidden and deepest desires and fears. Integral Dream-work excavates the subtler recesses of the dream for self-knowledge.

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What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy integrates psychotherapeutic techniques with the creative process in order to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of an individual.

Art Therapy is based on the belief that self created images and symbols reflect emotional states. It harnesses the creative process involved in artistic expression to facilitate individuals resolve conflict, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, release emotions, increase self-esteem and self-awareness and achieve insight.

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What is Existential Psychotherapy?

Existential Psychotherapy  is concerned with the totality of the human predicament and the embodied experience of the individual in time and space and in relation to others.

Existential psychotherapy has its roots in the philosophies of diverse thinkers such as Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Heidegger and Sartre. Special attention is given to themes of personal responsibility, authenticity and freedom.

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