Susan Warshow uses moment-to-moment video analysis of an actual client session to demonstrate the efficacy of the Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy (DEFT) approach. This workshop will illustrate through video analysis of client sessions:
- An approach to accessing unconscious emotions
- Elements of shame-sensitive psychotherapy
- Targeted interventions to disarm defenses
- Means to monitor and regulate anxiety
- Tracking of feelings, sensations and cognitions
- An integration of evidence-based methods
DEFT interventions emphasize sensitivity to shame states related to early attachment trauma as new levels of emotional intimacy are attempted within the therapeutic relationship. Research validates that the more we facilitate the expression of affect, the more patients exhibit positive change. Clinicians also know that accessing complex trauma-related affect, to be distinguished from explosive rage or helpless weepiness, is no easy matter. Numerous self-protective responses shield the most vulnerable parts of the self and are often deeply entrenched, unconscious and powerful. DEFT studies the factors contributing to neurobiological attunement as well as the transmission of self-compassion. When the therapeutic relationship is sufficiently safe it becomes possible for transformational shifts in the self to occur.