Dr. Duffy's Therapeutic Framework:
Internal Family Systems Therapy
Internal Family Systems Model therapy fosters transformation gently, quickly, and effectively. It views the psyche as multi-faceted system consisting of our essential Self or various parts. Our “parts”, considered our own internal family… are viewed as sub-personalities which can be healed through connecting with the larger Self. The Self, a core of valuable and wise qualities, is our true nature – compassionate and loving. When the Self is restored to its rightful role as leader of the internal system, it brings harmony and integration to the client.
We are all born healthy. But most of us had to learn to creatively adjust to an imperfect environment. Gestalt therapy restores clients to their own organic health by focusing on awareness of emotions in present time. Through body-mind centeredness, the therapist and client work together to help the client understand him/herself. This type of therapy focuses on experiencing the here and now. Clients are encouraged to become aware of immediate needs, meet them, feel gratification and then assimilate new experiences for growth. The well-adjusted person is seen as someone who believes they have a right to have needs and galvanizes their energy to satisfy those needs.
Imago Relationship Therapy is a form of relationship and couples therapy that focuses on transforming conflict into opportunities for healing and growth. The Latin word “imago”—meaning “image”—refers to the “unconscious image of familiar love.” There is frequently a connection between frustrations in adult relationships and early childhood experiences. Through specific communication skills, couples can learn to understand each other’s feelings and “childhood wounds”. Thus allowing them to heal themselves and facilitate healing in each other to achieve a happy and loving relationship.
Individuals & Couples Psychotherapy
Dr. Duffy is a Certified Gestalt Therapist. Gestalt Therapy is an interpersonal approach which enables the client to become more fully and creatively alive. It’s about becoming free from the emotional blocks and unfinished business that diminish satisfaction, fulfillment, and growth and experiment with new ways of being.
The emphasis is on what is being done, thought, and felt at the present moment rather than on what was, might be, could be, or should have been. Gestalt therapy is distinct because it moves toward action and away from mere talk therapy.
Dr. Duffy is a Certified Imago Therapist. Imago Couples Therapy has a very specific structure that is designed to quickly get to the root of a couple’s problems.
In this approach couples learn to truly communicate and hear the unmet needs they each have that cause fear and pain. Not a “free for all” like so much couple therapy, Imago offers clear guidelines to help couples recover that feeling of oneness, joy and aliveness they started out with and to fall in love all over again.