Psychoeducation on the working of the autonomic nervous system and its fight/flight/freeze responses and memory formation is an important aspect of the work. Individuals are encouraged to view current distressing difficulties as reminders / triggers left behind from unprocessed traumatic past experiences and to find different ways to deal with the imprints of their trauma on body, mind and soul.
An aspect of the work involves thinking about early attachment style patterns and Vallie will encourage the adult part of her clients to sooth their inner child. Once a trusting relationship has been established and trauma survivors feel safe and able to tolerate intense emotions, processing using bilateral stimulation to activate both the emotional and rational brain takes place.
Through her EMDR practice Vallie became acquainted with and inspired by a new psychotherapeutic model called Internal Family Systems Theory (IFS). It provides a new startling view of the human psyche and stipulates that every human being within has an internal family consisting of ‘parts’ that have a role to play in our lives. Some parts are open, friendly, others hold unresolved fear or shame from our childhood, some are performers; others solitary thinkers whilst others are carers for people and so on.
Internal Family Systems Theory suggests no matter how flawed someone perceives themselves to be, somewhere within there is a healthy functioning ’ Self’ our spiritual centre that is relaxed, open, and accepting of oneself and others. In order to achieve self-acceptance and inner peace, clients are encouraged to get to know, befriend and respect all their parts in the truest sense. She uses aspect of IFS in her practice with most trauma survivors aiming to help them make sense of their internal conflicts, improve their capacity to relate to others and form more a meaningful relationship with themselves.
Working with ‘parts’ looms largely in the field of Neuropsychology and Vallie is a fully qualified Internal Family Systems Therapist.
Vallie’s UKCP registration Number is 07159460.