Along with other services we
offer feeling-focused therapy - a process of encountering and
releasing repressed feelings and memories, thus discovering how they
have influenced our life. It is a powerful and most natural approach to
emotional wellbeing. It evolved throughout the years of our practice from
different experiential modalities, such as Primal Integration, Gestalt
Therapy, Psychodrama, Inner Child Work and others.
become unhappy and/or dysfunctional primarily because they have been hurt. Hurting is a feeling. Just thinking and/or
talking cannot fully change feelings.
Feeling-focused therapy enables you to go back to these repressed experiences, feel
them, liberate the locked-in energy and thus heal yourself.
"Feel it and you will be freed from it"
- Paul Vereshack, M.D. |
are born into this world with the ability and the need to fully express
our emotions: joy, rage,
terror, deep need, grief, and loneliness. When we grow up we learn that
we can't always show our feelings. We get punished for expressing feelings, learn to block
and store them and, as a consequence, become unhappy, constantly tired
or sick. We "split". We carry with us a heavy load of unresolved
business that exhausts our original energy and deprives us of a creative
and enjoyable life.
How Do We Get Hurt?
When we are little we get hurt in
two different ways. First, parents are often not able to meet our needs
for nurturing, attention, contact and caring. We begin to starve
emotionally and split from feeling the pain of unmet needs. Second, we
may have experienced emotional, verbal, physical or sexual abuse. Many
of our histories contain both. For most of us childhood trauma is not a
"one time" event, but rather "net trauma"- hurtful and damaging events
over long periods of time. These old hurts have a powerful emotional
charge. Many of us have wounds from childhood that need healing before
we can live joyful, truly happy lives and fully realize our potential as
Help You Feel Better?
Emotional release work is a natural process
that our biology needs to complete. It is a healing power we all
possess. It is the way to feel and integrate life experiences that have
been split off from our awareness. It helps release old traumatic pain,
which was blocked from our consciousness. This process brings positive
internal changes, relief from negative feelings and destructive
involves a combination of affective (feeling), cognitive (thinking) and
behavioral (doing) techniques. Change and healing are global
experiences, affecting all aspects (self-concept, motivation, behaviors,
and feelings) of our living in the world. By doing this work you can learn to trust your own natural healing ability to
process your feelings. It is a way to get to know yourself on a very
deep level, which you will continue to use to achieve clarity throughout
The Significance of a Trusting Relationship
“We are conceived
in relationship, born in relationship, and raised in relationship. It is
in relationship that our needs are met - or not. It is in relationship
that we get hurt, and it is in relationship that we must be healed.”
sincere trusting relationship between client and therapist is very
important in this process. As this relationship develops, a client is
able to let down their guard with someone they can trust and on whom
they can depend to remain on their side. This is a special period of
concentrated individual attention
that helps the
client to consciously resolve old unsatisfied needs and hurts. In this
caring, honest and open relationship, strong emotional expressions arise
naturally. By allowing them, and later discussing and journaling the
connection between "old feelings" and present-day problems, we can put
the past where it belongs - in the past and have more satisfying lives
in the present.
If you are interested in reading more about
Therapy, see the International Primal Association website: