DNMS Therapy in Mississauga

At Pathways Counselling & Life Coaching Centre, we offer DNMS therapy in Mississauga. This is a therapeutic approach based on what is known about how a child’s brain develops within a healthy family. It was designed to treat present-day problems that originated with unmet childhood needs. The DNMS has been found helpful in treating depression, anxiety, panic disorder, social phobias, substance abuse, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship problems, obsessions/compulsions, sexual abuse, eating disorders, dissociative disorders, borderline personality disorder, sexual addiction, self-injurious behaviour and complicated grief. It has also been used to resolve memories of painful physical, emotional, or sexual traumas that were inflicted by a person.

The DNMS is based on the assumption that the degree to which developmental needs were not adequately met is the degree to which a client is stuck in childhood. It starts by guiding clients to establish three internal Resources: a Nurturing Adult Self, a Protective Adult Self, and a Spiritual Core Self. Together these Resources gently help wounded child ego states get unstuck from the past by meeting their unmet developmental needs, helping them process through painful emotions, and by establishing an emotional bond. Alternating bilateral stimulation (made popular by EMDR therapy) is applied at key points in the process. The DNMS focuses special attention on healing maladaptive introjects (ego states that mimic abusive, neglectful, or dysfunctional caregivers). Since these wounded ego states cause the most trouble for clients, their healing results in a significant benefit. As introjects heal, clients report unwanted behaviours, beliefs, and emotions diminish.

How Does the DNMS Work?

The strengths or weaknesses in a relationship between a parent and a child will affect the development of the child’s brain. Loving, attuned caregivers will positively influence the way a young brain develops the neural pathways that facilitate the self-regulation of emotions. When present, these neural pathways ensure that a child will be able to explore the world, separate from parents, and mature in healthy ways. If these neural pathways are not formed, or not formed well enough, a child will grow up feeling insecure, and the development of normal behaviours (play, exploration, and social interactions) may be impaired. DNMS therapy appears to construct – in wounded adults – the neural pathways for the regulation of emotions that should have been formed in childhood. After DNMS therapy, clients report feeling more integrated and whole, and better able to manage their emotions.

Before the DNMS begins, wounded child parts, who are isolated and stuck in the past, suffer with painful issues from unresolved childhood wounds. During the DNMS, they make a healing connection with loving, attuned Resources who are grounded in the present. When the healing is complete, the child parts report feeling totally unstuck. As they interact with the Resources they too come into the present moment. The resulting emotional repair may be accomplished by neural integration.

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