Psychotherapy at Syncopation is best described as “biopsychosocial therapy”. We appreciate the influence that our experience with other people and cultural traditions (both formal and informal) has on our developing brains. In particular, the “experience dependent” learning that is stored in memory that can determine whether or not we will seek out and maintain loving relationships with others. To learn about the theoretical model used in psychotherapy at Syncopation you can find Tony’s article, “Adaptive Information Processing and a Systemic Biopsychosocial Model” published in Springer Publishing’s, Journal of EMDR Practice and Research at www.springerpub.com.
This model considers how the brain, mind, and relationships have evolved in natural living systems to promote connection through the complex integration of sensory and behavioral systems. It sees connection as the capacity to process information about what is happening in the present, what has happened in the past, and what might happen in the future. Some scientists call this experience “mental time travel”. It is a quality of consciousness that can be found in loving human relationships. We can begin to live lives of disconnection as we store up unprocessed memories (trauma), memories of experiencing others responding to stress in defensive/automatic ways (training), and memories of not being able to regulate our own experience (temperament). These “3 T’s of targeting describe the types of memories processed at Syncopation. When we integrate these types of memories rather than disconnect from the awareness of them we can not only alleviate suffering but it also frees up our mind to travel through time and use our history as an “inner wisdom” rather than experience it as a source of disconnection .
We can’t always tell what memory networks require attention. If we could we’d be less likely to need psychotherapy. By considering the concept of connection as the capacity to communicate in the present with others while working toward a goal, we can see traces disconnection in our relationships that are informed by neural processes in the brain. In other words, when we react in defensive ways to opportunities to understand someone else and work through a conflict, we are often protecting ourselves from an internal experience of disconnection which confounds the external interpersonal experience. Likewise, the capacity to recover from traumatic experience (disconnection in the brain) relies to a great degree on the presence of others who are able to bear witness to what happened regardless of what emerges on the inside. We come out of these experiences feeling more integrated as a person. Interpersonal connectivity promotes sub-personal connectivity, giving rise to personal connectivity.
At Syncopation we call this way of thinking the “Life Enhancing Information Processing” perspective. While our excitement about the capacity for brains to change to alleviate suffering is well founded in the recent decades of brain research, ignoring their intimate relationship with selves and the external world can lead to treating the brain as a machine that needs repair rather than a living vital organ destined to connect with the world outside. We seek to understand the context within which our brains have developed can see our role as facilitating a process already set in motion by our biology. In other words, the brain is designed to connect. It generates an experience of connection between what’s happening now to the body and what happened then so that we can anticipate what might happen next. This is the connected self system. A connected self seeks others to connect with and process how life is going.
In other words, the LEIP perspective sees personal change as the nurturing of a process motivated by a biological imperative deeply embedded in what makes us human. As opposed to needing to be fixed the client/therapist relationship is viewed as a relationship focused on interpersonal connectivity that will guide the pair in identifying sources of disconnection and processing the memory networks that encourage it. This process may be understood as how relationships promote change over time through communication rather than by force which seeks immediate change in a linear, cause & effect way more akin to machines. We are not machines. Each of us is a living human being with a birthright to live out a unique, creative, and life giving experience!
Psychotherapy at Syncopation:
Psychotherapy is offered in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere based on collaboration and open communication regarding goals and objectives. The LEIP perspective informs the use of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing and Phenomenal Modeling to help clients heal from problems, issues, and complaints related to the effects of unprocessed autobiographical memory.
Appointments are scheduled from Monday – Friday. Call 607-351-5839 with any questions.