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Psychotherapy for Dyslexic Adults

The modalities I use are especially effective for your awesome dyslexic processing style:

Mindfulness 

Mindfulness, or awareness, is a friendly attitude that welcomes all of your experience. When we welcome everything, the treasuresandthe challenges, the mind calms down. It’s like one of those mandalas that include the angels and the demons, the lotus and the mud. The act of awareness (which I’ll teach you) actually calms the mind. Awareness in itself shifts brain function away from fight-flight-freeze neural circuits where new beliefs can’t arise, and into the more right-brained, creative parts of brain functioning, where you excel. 

Bringing in the Right Brain  

The left brain is for discerning the differences between things and collecting information. It amasses information, but nothing new arises from the left brain—there are no answers there! It is from the right brain,which excels at making new connections, at creativity and metaphor, that answers and new beliefs arise. Have you ever been stuck in the gerbil wheel of trying to figure something out, or being beset by dark feelings? Then when you have a shower and the hot water is massaging your neck in just the right place you have that Ah Ha! moment and the answer comes easily, or the difficult emotions lighten. That is the right brain in action. Dyslexics are naturally more right brained, so benefit from somatic (or experiential) right-brained therapeutic orientations that draw on the right brain’s strengths to balance out the entire brain. Together we’ll harness your natural gifts to help you reclaim you! 

Somatic, or Experiential, Psychotherapy 

It is the felt sense “Ah ha!” moments that really bring change and allow you to be more fully you. I teach you from the very first session how to have the Ah Ha! And since that’s in alignment with some of your great dyslexic gifts, the somatic work I offer effectively helps you take with you what you’ve learned so you can be more fully yourself between sessions and build on it. Somatic psychotherapy is based on current neuroscience, decades of research, the lenses of a number of approaches, and age-old wisdom practices. 

Parts Work and Psychodrama 

Parts Work is an experiential way for you on a gut and heart level to really understand the difference between your True Self and your Parts. Your “Parts” are those selves you slip into that have those limiting beliefs. They are the “security team” you “hired” to help protect you or to make sense of a brutal world, but they can become your autopilot, and their “software” is sadly outdated. The Parts Work I offer is based on Hakomi and Re-Creation of the Self. It’s similar to our close relative, Dick Schwartz’ Internal Family Systems (or IFS).  

Psychodrama offers creative, moving, fun and very potent techniques to express the unexpressed to family, teachers and others who gave you error messages. It is a powerful way to break the trance and claim your truth. Psychodrama is also one of the safe ways I offer to help you express grief in ways you may never have had the opportunity to do before, including with people who have died or whom it may not be possible to actually speak with. 

Neuroscience, Somatics and Resolving Trauma 

Bessel van der Kolk, one of the leading experts on resolving trauma, cites Somatic Work, Parts Work, Psychodrama, Sensorimotor Trauma Work and EMDR in his list of the most effective ways to resolve trauma. In order for people to change they have to have a felt sense of safety in their body and a felt sense of nourishing, expanded beliefs about the self. No way around this, can’t intellectually know it, got to have the Ah Ha! With these modalities, you learn how to have the Ah Ha! in each session. They bring the whole brain online and engender healing. I have many years’ experience in all of these modalities and I’m excited to introduce them to you. 

CBT  

A few words about CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). CBT is only one of many modalities used to help clients shift belief systems. How it is traditionally employed is as a very left brain approach. You may know rationally, ie. with your left brain, that you’re intelligent, okay and loveable—but simply recognizing this or telling yourself this doesn’t affect your deeper emotional nature which is still imprisoned. To know something isn’t to live something. CBT as it has been traditionally used isn’t as effective as more somatically-focused, right brain approaches, especially for dyslexics. Additionally, dyslexic processing is more right brained and you will benefit more from therapeutic modalities that use right-brained, creative, visual and kinesthetic techniques. The somatic work I offer takes the best of CBT and offers it in a highly useable somatic form as one of the many tools in our large palette. 

The Modalities I Offer   

I offer an abundance of modalities which are very helpful for dyslexics. You can find a complete, in-depth list and more info at these links: https://kathleendunbar.net/approach https://kathleendunbar.net/somatics   

  • Hakomi Mindfulness Centered Psychotherapy—I’m a Certified Hakomi Therapist   
  • Somatic Psychotherapy and Right Brained Awareness   
  • Trauma Resolution and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy   
  • Attachment Therapy
  • Parts Work   
  • Grief Work   
  • Psychodrama   
  • Neuroscience Approaches   
  • Visualization, Guided Imagery and Meditation Approaches   
  • Psychotherapy-Informed Tablework   
  • Attachment Therapy

 

Shifting Beliefs, Processing Grief, Healing Trauma: You are a unique individual with an incredible life force. Let your brilliance shine!  

Psychotherapy Helps You: 

  • Dispel Limiting Beliefs 
  • Discover Your Unique Brilliance 
  • Find Your Strengths Within Your New, True Beliefs 

The truth is, you are an amazing individual. And, you went through some hellish experiences. Like most people going through hell, you started to believe the messages along the way, and may have even made some big decisions based on what you were taught. 

  • Whatever bad things happened, it’s what happened to you—it’s not who you are or ever were.

Psychotherapy helps you come back home to who you really are. 

Another challenge is processing grief. You may have not yet had the chance to fully grieve the losses you have had, the time you spent not believing in yourself, and the opportunities you missed.  

Whatever error messages you picked up along the way, psychotherapy can help you change those limiting beliefs in an effective way. 

  • The palette of psychotherapy I offer helps you get beyond old beliefs and lay old grief to rest. Together we’ll discover who you are so that you can live your life with joy and creativity.  

From the first session I will help you get a felt sense of your True Self so you take away: 

  • An effective 
  • felt sense 
  • embodied 
  • practiced in session experience 
  • of how to shift old beliefs 
  • and inhabit new beliefs and your True Self 
  • in a way that you can keep 
  • and practice between sessions 
  • and will continue to deepen into 
  • so that you live from who you truly are. 

We’ll awaken your natural birth-rights to: 

  • Be confident 
  • Find your power 
  • Value your amazing self 
  • Love yourself 
  • Celebrate your personal strengths 
  • Believe in your future 
  • Take the steps that lead you where you want to go 
  • Value your tenacity 
  • Define and engage in what interests you 
  • Build your village—supportive people who recognize and support your talents 
  • Understand how your own mind works 
  • Know and accept your edges—the tradeoffs of having dyslexia . . . 
  • . . . and remember they are accompanied by your unique strengths 
  • Advocate for help when you need it 
  • Enjoy your amazing life 

Contact Me for a Free 30 Minute Phone Consultation

Phone 

415/668-5130

Office Locations 

16 Blake Street 
San Francisco, CA 94118 

and 

201 Miller Avenue 
Mill Valley, Ca 94941