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How I practice

because our emotions, fears, and wounds are as much in our bodies as they are in our minds, So is healing.

When shame inhabits our body, it takes over & we objectify ourselves under a microscope. We become disregulated by unhealthy, cyclical conflict and punishing attachment styles that disconnect us from the people we love. We engage with our relationship to money in the same ways we do our other relationships (scared, controlling, without boundaries). Mental health encompasses a lot more than our minds; our welbeing depends on mind-body connection, not separation (as we're told in today's world). Healing is not 'mind over matter.' Healing is embodied and in-bodied.

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my approach

somatic IFS Therapy

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a transformative and compassionate approach to psychotherapy that understands the mind (and body) as naturally made up of multiple sub-personalities or "parts," each with its own perspectives, emotions, and roles. IFS helps individuals heal by using the body to recognize and harmonize these parts within a safe and supportive framework.

The central concept of body-based IFS is that everyone has a core Self, which is calm, curious, and compassionate. This embodied Self can help individuals heal their parts and restore balance. IFS is at the core of my practice. In session, we'll explore these protector parts, understand their functions, and address the concerns they hold in order to help you become Self-led rather than Parts-led. Whether it's a critical inner voice, a protector part that shields you from pain, or an exiled part carrying burdens of trauma, each part is given a voice and the respect it deserves.

Nervous System Mapping & Regulation

Gestalt therapy is a humanistic and holistic approach to psychotherapy that focuses on a person's present moment experience and the context of their life. Developed by Fritz Perls, Laura Perls, and Paul Goodman in the 1940s and 1950s, Gestalt therapy emphasizes personal responsibility, awareness, and the therapeutic relationship as catalysts for change.

Unlearning what we're taught in today's world about devaluing the body

Ex. Emotional digestion

Out of head and into body (quieting the mind)

Regulation strategies 

In our bodies is where we experience conflict, shame, and where store trauma, but also where we experience joy, safety, intimacy, empathy.

Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt therapy is a humanistic and holistic approach to psychotherapy that focuses on a person's present moment experience and the context of their life. Developed by Fritz Perls, Laura Perls, and Paul Goodman in the 1940s and 1950s, Gestalt therapy emphasizes personal responsibility, awareness, and the therapeutic relationship as catalysts for change.

Gestalt therapy aims to empower individuals to understand and accept themselves fully, fostering personal growth, self-awareness, and a more authentic and fulfilling life. By focusing on the present and exploring their experiences in a holistic manner, clients can gain insights and develop healthier ways of interacting with themselves and others.

Benefits of Shame & Imposter Syndrome Therapy

Increased Self-Awareness
Improved Self-Esteem
Enhanced Coping Skills
Reduced Isolation
Healthy Boundaries
Long-Term Well-Being
Acceptance
Stress Reduction
Achievement of Goals
Improved Relationships
Authenticity and Self-Acceptance
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Pricing & Insurance

  • What is the difference between shame and imposter syndrome, and how do they manifest in therapy?
    Shame is a pervasive feeling of unworthiness or inadequacy, and imposter syndrome involves persistent feelings of being a fraud despite external evidence of competence. When we explore imposter syndrome, shame is often lying underneath. Shame disconnects us from our bodies and can turn us against ourselves. In therapy, we work through these issues by exploring underlying beliefs, identifying triggers, and developing coping strategies specific to your experiences.
  • How long does it take to see results from shame and imposter syndrome therapy?
    It's natural to be curious about the timeline for progress in therapy. While each person's journey is unique, therapy for shame and imposter syndrome typically involves ongoing sessions over several weeks or months. The pace of progress may vary depending on factors such as the severity of symptoms, individual readiness for change, and the therapeutic approach used. It's essential for clients to be patient and committed to the process, as meaningful changes often occur gradually over time.
  • Can shame and imposter syndrome be completely overcome through therapy?
    While therapy can significantly alleviate symptoms and provide tools for managing shame and imposter syndrome effectively, complete eradication may not always be feasible. Instead, therapy aims to help you develop resilience, self-compassion, and coping strategies to navigate these challenges more effectively. It's important for clients to recognize that occasional feelings of shame or self-doubt will still arise but that you can learn to respond to them in healthier ways.
  • What if I live outside of New York?
    My therapy services are limited to New York; however, I also provide coaching services to individuals and couples nationally. Contact me for more information.

 Shame & Imposter Syndrome Therapy FAQs

 

therapy@melaniecookeLMHC.com

​Tel: (443) 504-3676

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