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NUTS AND BOLTS Examples of how you and I dislocate the 'Problem-Saturated' Story when you feel depression
Families frequently 'construct' and live within self-defeating and failure-centered narratives, called Problem Saturated Stories. Change can be accomplished by gaining access to the multi-version story, or by allowing space for differing perspectives. As individuals, when we challenge an embedded and undisputed family story with our personal perspective, it allows us to 're-author' the experience with elements that were not considered by others, but that held meaning to us, personally. This 're-authoring,' allows us to affirm and empower ourselves and to genuinely be heard and understood.
Externalizing the Problem: Naming it This helps you view the problem or symptom as occurring outside of yourself. Example: “I’m depressed” to “I have depression."
When we change the position of a problem (such as altering the way we talk about depression) and we don't embody the words; problems become more manageable. Everything is easier to look at with a liitle distance, and this is what our therapy conversations create; some space between you and the problem so that you can get a better look at it.
WHERE ARE YOU STARTING FROM? Mapping the Influence: Building a 'single' story into a layered, multi-level account Example: "I've feel as though I've always had depression"
How long would you say depression has been present in your life? How long have you been struggling with depression?
Together, you and I find exceptions to this problem saturated story that tends to be generated from a 'single' idea, such as, "I'm depressed." Without further inspection, this example of depression is erroneously determined to be coming from a single source, such as you, the one who is experiencing the depression.
With depression, you and I are invited to explore how people, places, and situations might likely be contributing to that depression. The depression is something that you are experiencing and that is currently preventing certain choices from becoming fortified. The thing is, depression is not who you are.
The Person Is Not The Problem, The Problem Is The Problem
Mapping the Effects: Building a 'single' story into a layered, multi-level account
Can you think of a time when your relationship with depression felt better? Was there a situation where you felt that you couldn't do it, but you did?
By mapping, you and I locate unique outcomes and sparkling moments that appeared when you showed up for yourself differently and the depression subsided. This is what strength-based therapy looks for as opposed to looking for the problems that you are already experiencing. Our work together serves to assist you with a better understanding of your own insights, hopes, strengths and resiliencies. You are everything you need.
With unique outcomes, we might wonder: What you did at those times to keep depression at bay?
Or, with sparkling moments, we explore when you were able to function in spite of the depression. Here's a question: What was happening, or not happening that allowed you to do that?
-Telling And Re-Telling-
Definitional Ceremonies: Decentered Sharing Comprehensive understanding of a person requires what narrative therapy calls 'thick' descriptions. These come about through the telling of the story by the client -from their experience and own perspective- and then the re-telling of what the client related by the 'reflecting team' or by the therapist. With each pass, it thickens the story, thereby, challenging the single version or 'thin' story. This is also called decentered sharing.
This technique when used, employs outside witness groups and helps to reinforce alternative narratives and affirm meanings.
Letters Letter that are written by you, the client, include: Letters of Invitation for family members to attend sessions; Redundancy or Duplicate letters note when the roles of family members become duplicated, such as a sister behaving as a mother; Discharge letters relay to the person playing the duplicate role that they’re released from “duty;” Letters of prediction forecast continued success and new possibilities.
Supportive Leagues: This technique changes the client to the consultant-
Based on the idea that people who have experienced similar problems have the experience and knowledge to help one another, this technique is used with the 'consultants' sharing their experiences, and then building upon each other’s skills to overcome the problem.
Goldberg and Goldberg (2008) write that “people who have experienced certain problems, such as anorexia and bulimia have the experience and knowledge about the problem to help one another by sharing experiences with others” (p. 379). --
Brainspotting Practioner “Where we look affects how we feel.”
Brainspotting utilizes eye positions to assist us with focus, process, and release. This application is a brain-based tool that supports the therapeutic process by locating emotion-experiences in the brain. It’s founder, David Grand, explains that the method is a necessary supplement to therapy as it ‘harnesses the body’s natural self-scanning, self-healing ability.’ So when a Brainspot is stimulated, the deep brain reflexively signals that the source of the problem has been found.
This processing strengthens and resources resiliency and is useful with areas of performance and creativity, as well.
Brainspotting is supplemented with BioLateral Sound (sonic design) that utilizes cross-fading and rise and fall to stimulate the two hemispheres of the brain. These sonic pieces can be found on-line under bio lateral music/sound, David Grand, or Brainspotting.
I am a Brainspotting practioner and when language feels too limiting, we can utilize this approach to locate problematic areas both historic and current in the subcortical part of the brain >> the deeper brain that does not house constructs and beliefs. The subcortex is where we tap into more primitive functions. It is where emotions and memories related to fear get processed in the amygdala. It is locatedbeneath the cortex, which is the area where higher-level functions take place, such as, decision-making and language.
With this technique the problem, the activation, and the healing are all found in the same moment.