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Kate Kent
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I have clinic space available to rent on Sunday.

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About Experiential Dynamic Therapy

This form of counseling was developed by Pro. H. Davanloo, of Montreal, Canada. It is theoretically based on the psychoanalytic reference realm.  However, the structured way in which the therapist is engaging the client to take responsibility for his own problems and to cooperate with the therapist in order to work them through differs from psychoanalytic methods and techniques.

This kind of work is especially suited to people who, though they may enter counseling for various reasons, ie.; anxiety, compulsive behavior, phobic complaints, relationship problems, eating disorders and depression, etc., may have an underlying problem with ‘autonomy and closeness’.  These people have ‘learned’ through their life experiences, to be afraid of closeness with themselves and/or others and so often shy away from intimate contact. People with this kind of problem often have trouble recognizing their own feelings because they either ignore them, refuse to accept them, trivialize them or rationalize them away. Often they are more understanding towards others than towards themselves. If recognizable feelings do emerge they are quickly submerged by anxiety and guilt.

With this method, the counselor uses concrete situations to help the client to become more aware of the mechanisms or defenses he or she may use in order to avoid difficult feelings. Once the client has some awareness of this, the focus moves on to learning how to fully experience the whole range of emotions in a functional way without anxiety or guilt. Painful memories that surface are explored and worked through in order to find links to current issues. In conclusion, with this kind of approach the counselor and client work actively together, each with his own set of tasks to reach the therapeutic goal; namely, for the client to be able to recognize and understand his feelings and to have the ability to deal with them in a healthy and appropriate way.