Services

Services

BARBARA CALVI, MS LMFT​

I provide counseling and therapy for individual adults, couples, and those struggling
to heal from trauma.  

I believe in an integrative approach to psychotherapy that considers the mind and the
body.  An integrative approach addresses your psychological, emotional, and mental
well being. 

And using a variety of leading edge modalities as well as some tried and true classical
methods, I draw on new research in neuroscience to work on helping the nervous system
better regulate itself.

Working to expand the capacity of the nervous system enhances coping skills and
reduces the stress on your emotional wellbeing as well as on your body.  

Whether the struggle involves depression, anxiety, phobias, past trauma, difficulty
in social relationships, or personal efficacy, I customize an integrated approach to the
unique individual or couple before me.  


APPROACHES:


Somatic Experiencing (SE) ©
    
Acknowledging the link between the brain and nervous system, Somatic Experiencing® gently focuses on overwhelming, stressful or traumatic experiences that get stored in the body.  SE’s gradual approach honors the body’s innate healing mechanisms and reinstates a capacity for self-regulation, better coping, and experiencing life more fully.


EMDR

EMDR is an approach developed to resolve trauma.  Traumatic events often do not get processed by the brain.  Instead they can get “stuck,” which is why people with trauma can have both overwhelming difficult emotions and/or traumatic memories triggered very easily.  EMDR is an approach that helps the brain “metabolize” or fully process the traumatic event so that it no longer has a strong negative emotional impact on the individual.  
 

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic psychotherapy focuses on the unconscious and how it may sabotage our happiness, sense of fulfillment, accomplishments, and relationships.  It helps us look at how we get in the way of, and keep ourselves from, getting what we want.  By looking at unconscious behaviors, motivations, fears, and negative beliefs, psychodynamic psychotherapy helps us address and frees us from those sabotaging elements.
  

Attachment-Based Therapy
  
Attachment-based Therapy helps us understand how and why our attachments from early in life affect how we behave and struggle in our current significant relationships.  Therapy can then provide the client with healing attachment experiences that change the client's behavior in their significant relationships.   
 

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT/Tapping)
  
EFT combines elements from Energy Psychology with elements of modern psychology to more quickly help resolve painful past events, limiting beliefs, and difficult emotions.  It works by helping the individual calm down the emotional part of the brain (the amygdala) that remembers and reacts to current and past painful emotional experiences which affect the present. 


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
   
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Certain thoughts and behaviors lead to predictable feelings.  CBT enables clients to change their experinces and feelings by helping them change their thoughts and behaviors. 

   
The Developmental Model for Couples

Instead of focusing on "what is wrong with this relationship,” this model emphasizes the developmental stages of relationships. Just as children go through typical developmental stages, so do couples.  And just as children sometimes have trouble and setbacks (tantrums, regressive behavior) getting to the next developmental stage, so do adults (tension, fights, withdrawal or capitulating to avoid conflict).  This model helps members of the couple develop the tools they need to get through the stages so they can create the relationship they want. 
 

Imago Relationship Therapy (IRG)

IRG teaches people how to help heal their partner’s childhood hurts/wounds so that the defenses developed around those hurts/wounds are reduced and removed.  This is accomplished by learning to communicate, connect, and repair present day hurts in specific ways.  Partners emerge free from old baggage creating problems in their relationship, better able to handle new conflicts.  
 

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

Developed by Richard Bandler, PhD at Stanford University some 40 years ago, NLP offers new ways of understanding how verbal and non-verbal communication affect the brain. It presents clients with opportunities not only to communicate better, but also to gain more control over how we think.  


Non-Violent Communication (NVC)

Non-Violent Communication (NVC), also known as compassionate communication, is a framework to assist individuals and families in communicating more empathetically, honestly, and intentionally.