EFT Couples Therapy
In her ongoing work with individuals, Mona uses psychodynamically oriented interventions (predominately object relations and attachment theory) to assist persons in understanding how their past impacts their present. These orientations enable a person to develop insights into residual impacts of early relationships and experiences and assist persons in reflecting on their conscious and unconscious processes. For more proactive and pragmatic change, Mona also utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapies, and neurobiological research in her work. Furthermore, she embraces practices of mindfulness and mind/body awareness as well as Buddhism philosophies of meditation, tolerance, compassion and coping with uncertainty throughout her work.
Mona’s work with couples is influenced by Emotion Focused Couples therapy (EFT). When couples experience breakdowns in communication or trust and/or feel a sense of isolation and betrayal, it is an indication that the bond and dynamic between partners has been threatened. Mona works with couples to assist both partners in recognizing how to understand and be empathic to one another’s underlying emotions, fears, and uncertainties, how to assume mutual responsibility, and how to nurture the attachment relationship rather than abandon it. Mona further assists couples in understanding and locating their relationship dynamic impasses and implementing a language of vulnerability to connect with one another.
Mona utilizes a combination of a psychodynamic approach with Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) to assist clients in overcoming trauma. EMDR is an empirically studied and supported therapy that is used to effectively treat trauma. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation of the triune brain to assist persons in processing and reprocessing their perceptions, feelings, and thoughts associated with traumatic experiences and events in their lives. EMDR therapy can be used in conjunction with regular talk therapy or as a separate therapy altogether.
Mona's trauma work also integrates the mind-body connection, assisting clients in implementing safety, grounding, and coping tools to alleviate the impacts of heightened cortisol on their physiology.