About...Treatment Models Used
This treatment model is
effectively used with adults, couples and families who
are experiencing a multitude of overwhelming emotions and
Family-Centered Regulatory Therapy is a body/mind model
developed by Dr. Bryan Post (www.postinstitute.com
), based on
attachment theory, attachment and bonding research, the
psychology of regulation, brain research, and what we know about
the effects of stress and trauma and how to engage it at it's
source. It is not about putting band-aids on behavioral
symptoms. Instead, it is about assisting families in reducing
stress, and moving toward conscious mindful interactions with
one another, while moving away from reacting out the past and
obsessing about the future.
Thus, being in the present moment to build relationships. When this can happen,
regulation of emotions occurs and thus, behavioral symptoms diminish.
children with severe behaviors, talk based therapies such as
cognitive and behavioral models are ineffective at best. The
Family-Centered Regulatory Therapist facilitates the building of
relationships within the family. Intensive therapeutic
interventions to engage the part of the brain where trauma and
attachment are stored is often necessary to integrate the brain
so that relationship can occur. Without relationship, there is
nothing. A Family-Centered Regulatory Therapist works with the
family as a whole, never with the child independently. We all
live within the important relationships of our lives and they
have the power to create change. In fact, repetition of
positive relationship, along with a positive environment, is all
that really can. Thus, the family is the change agent and the
therapist is the facilitator of this.
research informs us that the debate between the influences of
nature vs. nurture no longer exists, and that there is an
inseparable connection between the body and mind. It is
unquestionable that we are all influenced by our genes.
However, which genes are activated and which neurological
connections are made, or not, along with their strength, is
determined by our earliest environment and our earliest
relationships, above all, the one with our primary caretaker
during the first 33 months (starting in utero) of our lives.
Although nearly all of us have no conscious memory of this time
period, every experience we have ever had is held in the cells
of our body, showing it's memory in our behaviors. Thus,
referred to as our "behavioral memory".
"If you always do what you've always done, you will
be where you've already been."
Bishop T.D. Jakes
Are you ready to try something different?
Other Therapies Used, Include, But are Not Limited To
Multi-sensory Experiential Therapy
Use of Deep
Guided Imagery / Guided
Nurturing Cradle Hold (never
coerced or forced)
Cognitive Negative Awareness
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Play Therapy -
Teaching parents the use of various forms
of play to build and strengthen attachment and bonding
Specific Issues Addressed
to be a conscious parent
Trauma (parents and/or child)
Building/enhancing attachment and bonding
Processing Birth Experiences
Behavioral Disorders (including ODD, ADHD, Bi-polar, RAD)
with children who display the most severe behaviors have
often tirelessly sought a multitude of mental health treatments
and psychotropic medications, resulting in much frustration, and
little long term change.
healthy relationship can actually change the neurology of our
children's brains and thus drastically improve the most severe
nothing that any therapist or expert can do in relationship to
children that comes close to that which parents can do with the
right training, skill and support.
therapy has the immense power to change the neurology of the
It is never too
late to mend or enhance the relationships with our children.