Relationship: We believe that relationships that are respectful, empathic, playful, open, honest, curious, and properly boundaried are healing in and of themselves. We believe that the rupture and repair cycle is foundational to connectedness and, therefore, celebrate difference and conflict. The relationship is the foundation of our work together as clinician and client and among clinicians and partners in the practice.
Somatic Therapy: We use talk, touch, and movement that lead to greater awareness of the body, mind (nervous system), and spirit to create a secure attachment relationship with the body and minimize the noise of trauma. (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Movement, and MFR).
Parts Work: We believe in connecting subpersonalities (prosopon - the parts of the human that change) to the core Self (hypostasis - the aspect of the human that stays the same), promoting a secure attachment relationship of the parts to the Self
Spirituality: We believe that the realm of the spirit operates on specific rules/laws that one must discover for oneself. That discovery process is healing in and of itself.
Interdisciplinary: We honor the contributions from other medical, therapeutic, healing, and cultural lenses. We celebrate working in a multidisciplinary/multicultural manner.
Intersectional: We recognize the harm caused by institutionalized racism, ableism, homophobia, etc. We encourage clinicians, and partners to consider how we can reduce the damage of prejudice in our groups and institutions while also working to support individuals in improving their own lives despite ongoing oppression.
Healthy Lifestyle: We honor that research science has proven that a consistent whole-food diet, strong relationships, good sleep hygiene, and regular physical activity can improve and modulate mood, prevent and treat physical disease, and foster a sense of well-being. We encourage clients and clinicians to adopt a healthy lifestyle in a manner suitable for the individual. We acknowledge limitations due to accessibility and work to shed light on systems that create barriers (e.g. food deserts, predatory marketing, and poverty).
Harm Reduction: When addiction to a practice that is harmful to the health is present, we use a harm reduction model over abstinence. The reason for this is if the wound or underlying trauma that causes the harmful behavior is addressed, the harmful behavior will stop because the person no longer needs it. Contrarily, if abstinence is encouraged, clinician and client are liable to experience an unhelpful entanglement with each other and each other's parts, preventing the client from spending time where it matters most: working with the underlying wounds.
Harm reduction can also be applied to people living with chronic illnesses of all kinds. Though there may not be an addiction present, we aim to reduce the impact of symptoms rather than attempting a complete “cure.” Pursuing perfection, in this instance, can be more harmful than helpful because the client can feel pressured to “be perfect” before reengaging meaningful activities. We believe that one can have a full and meaningful life while experiencing symptoms.