Main approach in my work is emotion-image therapy (EIT). I help clients deal with their chronic negative emotions such as fear, anger, sadness, envy, jealousy, shame, guilt, etc.
EIT is deeply rooted in established therapeutic methods such as psychoanalysis, transactional analysis, gestalt therapy, redecision therapy and body-oriented psychotherapy. However, EIT has developed its own theory, philosophy and techniques.
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I had a client who experienced an intense anger while communicating with his boss, but he could not understand why he had that feeling. I asked him to locate the anger in his body. It was in his chest and it felt like something was burning. I offered him to associate and create an image of that burning sensation. Client said that it was a barking dog. We began a dialogue to investigate the meaning of this image. I asked: who is the dog protecting? Client: I see a young man holding a five year old boy by the hand. And at this moment a memory surfaced, the client remembered that his dad demanded a lot of emotional attention, and my client had to put aside developing his masculinity and was unable to be a care-free child. He needed to be a responsible care-taker to attend to the emotional needs of his dad. What we discovered during our session was that the client’s boss was evoking memories of this childhood dynamic. I invited my client to tell the young man and the boy that from now on he (the adult client) will be the one to take care of them. He will prioritize their needs above all. Because this dialogue was with a spontaneously created image it bypassed the client’s cognitive and rational mind. It reached the unconscious mind. And at that deep level the client was able to make a new internal choice, a choice to take care of his emotional needs. As a result, the image of the angry dog transformed into a friendly dog. There was no more need to protect the client’s developing masculinity and his inner child. Now there is an adult client who is responsible for creating healthy and safe space for development of his underdeveloped inner selves. As a result of our work, the client was no longer angry at his boss. He felt empowered and learned to pay attention to his masculinity and his inner child. He stopped seeing his boss as an enemy, who consumes all of his life energy. Now, the boss was a separate adult, who is not his father, but another adult with whom my client has a business relationship.
Do you know how to create a safe and accepting space for your inner child?
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