Neuropsychotherapist & Sexologist
Psychotherapist, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, & Sexologist
PACT – Couples Therapy (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy)
Steph has specialised training, she is one of the few level 2 PACT therapists in the country. Steph has been trained by Dr Stan Tatkin, American clinician and researcher, who is one of the worlds most renowned pioneers of couples counselling. Stan is the founder of the PACT Training Institute and the developer of the PACT method – Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy.
Steph is a qualified psychotherapist, accredited mental health social worker, and sexologist with extensive experience in couples, family and individual therapy. Her focus is on your relationship, your levels of secure functioning and how your attachment style is impacting the security and safety of your love and your life. By teaching you who you are and who your partner is we can reignite the love and communication within your relationship. Steph works with a neuro – psychobiological approach through a dynamic therapy that is not just talk therapy. She has specialised Neuroscience Training from the International Association of Applied Neuroscience.
Steph is teaching the fundamental biological realities of human bonding, neuroscience and the psychobiological blueprint of you and your partner. You will acquire skills and invaluable tools that can be implemented immediately in your relationship. Steph’s business is futures, secure functioning two-person psychological systems that build resilience and strength into relationships. Known for her warmth and engaging personality, Steph’s ability to identify with clients, and combine humour with psychoeducation creates a safe and transformative experience. Key issues are worked through in real time and clients’ lives are profoundly changed, creating an insight and resolve to conflict. The interactive therapy used by Steph helps individuals and couples develop secure functioning relationships.
It is this knowledge that moves couples towards love, intimacy, connection and happiness.
It’s not just couples, for all of us the brain our attachment and our biology is the driving force toward mental health. Whatever the issue in your life, Steph will walk with you to reach your goals.
What does a PACT session look like?
Your experience during a PACT session may differ somewhat from what you would experience in other forms of couple therapy. Key features of this approach include:
- Your therapist will focus on moment-to-moment shifts in your face, body, and voice, and ask you to pay close attention to these as a couple.
- Your therapist will create experiences similar to those troubling your relationship and help you work through them in real time during the session.
- PACT tends to require fewer sessions than do other forms of couple therapy.
- Your therapist may videotape sessions to provide immediate feedback to you.
ISTDP (Intense Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy)
Effective, Rapid Therapy
ISTDP is effective and progressive. From a mindset of wanting things to get better, it’s the gold standard of therapy to reach your goals quickly and stay there.
ISTDP originally developed by Habib Davanloo, M.D., is a scientifically validated method of psychotherapy which dramatically accelerates the process of change, so that clients see measurable results within weeks and months, rather than years. Therapist and client engage in an active dialog from the inception of treatment. This intensive session allows the client to actually experience the therapy and therapist to get a very real sense of what the underlying cause of the client’s problems are and to determine whether this form of therapy is indicated.
Therapy isn’t something that is done to you but is a process that demands full engagement. The client is expected to bring will and determination to the process – assuming responsibility for their own life and the outcome of their treatment. Unlike traditional therapies in which the therapist is relatively silent, uttering an occasional “A huh”, the ISTDP therapist is highly engaged in the process and will provide immediate and continual feedback to the client. This kind of collaboration between client and therapist is essential in overcoming the inevitable blocks and resistances that will emerge as thoughts and feelings that have been long avoided emerge.
The goals of ISTDP are ambitious
We seek not only to remove symptomatic suffering, but to help clients live at their highest level of capacity – free to love, to work, to create and feel fully alive. Research suggests that this treatment increases physical health and vitality and the quality of interpersonal relationships, as well as emotional well-being. If you want to get to the bottom of the problems that have plagued you for years, so you can free yourself to live fully, ISTDP may be an option for you.
SE – Somatic Experiencing
Somatic experiencing is a form of alternative therapy aimed at relieving the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental and physical trauma-related health problems by focusing on the client’s perceived body sensations (or somatic experiences). Somatic Experiencing is a pioneering body awareness approach to healing trauma. It focuses on experiencing the ‘felt sense’ in the present moment to relieve the physical, emotional and physiological effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and other stress and trauma-related health problems.
Steph is currently studying the three-year intensive training of SE.
The Somatic Experiencing® method is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE™ approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.
Trauma may begin as acute stress from a perceived life-threat or as the end product of cumulative stress. Both types of stress can seriously impair a person’s ability to function with resilience and ease. Trauma may result from a wide variety of stressors such as accidents, invasive medical procedures, sexual or physical assault, emotional abuse, neglect, war, natural disasters, loss, birth trauma, or the corrosive stressors of ongoing fear and conflict.