• Carolina Abreu

    Carolina Abreu

  • Carolina Abreu

    Carolina Abreu

  • Carolina Abreu

    Carolina Abreu

  • Carolina Abreu

    Carolina Abreu

  • Carolina Abreu

    Carolina Abreu

  • Carolina Abreu

    Carolina Abreu

  • Carolina Abreu

    Carolina Abreu

  • Carolina Abreu

    Carolina Abreu

approach to psychotherapy

Approach

My initial training in college and during the first years of my professional practice were mainly based on cognitive-behavior models.

Later on, and inspired by a humanistic foundation which honors our inherent resilience and abilities for self-regulation, agency and personal growth, my approach to psychotherapy expanded integrating other models, such as third generation models, constructivist models and experiential models, more therapeutically focused on the relationship between the individuals and their internal processes (emotions, behaviors, thoughts, sensations) and on exploring the causes of their symptoms, seeing them as coherent ways (with the way we apprehend and build reality, mostly during our childhood and adolescence) of self-protection or attempts of "problem solving", despite the pain they often inadvertently cause. 

Elements such as mindfulness and compassion are fundamental in the way I practice, along with important premises from models like Emotion Focused Therapy or AEDP, which emphasize the emotional experiencing and processing ("one cannot leave a place until one as arrived at it”) and the adaptive and transformative power of emotions.

I always try to combine and adapt ideas, elements, perspectives and processes from these therapeutic approaches and from relevant trauma intervention models that inform my practice. However, today, Internal Family Systems model - IFS, is the model that inspires me the most, not only in the way I work clinically, but also as a foundation and personal development model. This meta-model offers a beautiful, integrative, comprehensive, compassionate and respectful approach to our internal world and to the way we relate to others and to the world.

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