My Approaches

Therapy that I offer is holistic and individualized with a relaxed and conversation style approach. I draw from a variety of treatment approaches including Internal Family Systems (IFS), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT).

Heather Purvis, MSW | RSW

Internal Family Systems

Internal Family Systems Approach focuses on a person’s internal parts and ‘self’. It is the “I” in the inner world and this aspect of an individual does the observing. Through the IFS lens the self is the healer within and is inherently good and whole. The self represents the seat of consciousness and what each person is at the core. A person’s inner parts has its own perspective, interests, memories and viewpoint. The self demonstrates many positive qualities such as acceptance, confidence, calmness, wisdom, compassion, connectedness, leadership and perspective. Within the IFS framework there are 8 C’s of self leadership: confidence, calmness, creativity, clarity, curiosity, courage, compassion and connectedness. Utilizing these 8 c’s we can begin to understand and find the answers we need to care for ourselves, find balance and harmony within and experience deeper relationships with those closest to us.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is an evidence based therapeutic approach that can help process traumatic memories and distress through bilateral stimulation so you can stop feeling stuck in the past. EMDR engages the brains natural information processing system to relieve negative beliefs and emotional distress. This approach can be used to treat a variety of mental health issues such as anxiety, phobias, stress reduction, emotional and physical abuse and Post Traumatic Response Disorder (PTSD). Learn more about EMDR.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is an evidence based therapeutic approach that connects thoughts, emotions and behaviors. What we think and do affects the way we feel. The CBT approach is effective with a variety of mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression, helps with insomnia and can be helpful across the life span. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is flexible and can be used in person, online and in many self-help formats. This approach examines automatic thought patterns that develop into unhelpful and inaccurate core beliefs.

Mindfulness Approach

Mindfulness refers to a state of being fully present in the moment with acceptance and without judgement. Mindfulness is a natural part of being human and is practiced in various traditions around the world. Scientific studies have demonstrated mindfulness practices to be of benefit to a variety of psychological and physical conditions and has shown positive affects on the brain. Finding ways to incorporate mindfulness into your life can increase your mind body connection, increase your awareness to senses and help calm the mind.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

IPT is based on attachment and communication theories. IPT is designed to help address current concerns and improve interpersonal relationships. The focus is on the way our relationships affect us and also how our mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression affect our relationships. How we interact with other people determines our sense of security and our sense of self. A key area often worked on in therapy with this approach is improving communication and establishing healthier or stronger boundaries.