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Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions that I have received over the course of my career. It’s normal and encouraged to ask many questions when choosing to work with a licensed trauma therapist. Please view the information below, and if you have any further inquiries, email lukomskytherapy@gmail.com.

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  • What is experiential/mindfulness-based therapy?
    Experiential therapy is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the importance of experiencing emotions and situations in the present moment. Clients partake in exercises, role-playing, arts, outdoor activities, or other interventions in mindful present-moment awareness to gain insights and process emotions directly. This approach aims to uncover subconscious thoughts and behaviors, fostering self-awareness and emotional regulation. Experiential therapy enhances communication, interpersonal skills, and personal growth, making it beneficial for those with communication barriers, trauma survivors, or individuals seeking hands-on therapy. It promotes personal exploration, insight, and healing by facilitating meaningful experiences within the therapeutic setting.
  • What symptoms does it treat?
    Experiential therapy proves effective in treating the following mental health conditions: Anger Anxiety ADHD OCD BPD Depression Eating disorders Grief Mood disorders Addiction Trauma Interpersonal Challenges
  • What are the benefits?
    Experiential therapy has many benefits: Exploring and understanding past traumatic or conflictual situations, releasing negative emotions, and promoting healing. Encouraging intense emotional processing, facilitating deeper exploration of feelings. Confronting avoidance behaviors related to difficult experiences, fostering effective coping mechanisms. Gaining altered perspectives through psychodrama, leading to acceptance, forgiveness, and empathy. Expressing creativity through various forms of therapy like music, art, and drama, aiding in self-expression.
  • How does it work?
    Experiential therapy operates on the principle from neuroscience that states "neurons that fire together, wire together". By activating somatic, emotional, and behavioural patterns live in sessions, it becomes possible to change those patterns by pairing them with new healing experiences. Over time, the more the healing experiences are paired with the old patterns, the more new brain pathways can form to support new ways of being. And eventually, these new pathways begin to replace the old pathways and become new automatic patterns. That is why simply talking about issues is often not enough to create lasting change, as people retain their old automatic habits. Experiential therapy enables more lasting change because it allows for positive patterns to become hardwired into the brain and body.
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Anna Lukomsky registered trauma therapist
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