PSI (PsychoSomatic Integration) is an overall evidence-based treatment approach for working with complex trauma and dissociation, that addresses the root causes of trauma-based presentations and fragmentation, and so results in long term recovery. Highly effective psychological and somatic techniques are woven into a carefully staged treatment approach, which systemically integrates significant relationships into the treatment process. PSI seeks to heal early experiences of abandonment, neglect, trauma, and attachment loss, that otherwise tend to play out repetitively and cyclically throughout the lifespan in relationship struggles. It is unique in that it approaches the body first (bottom-up processing) but also works to reinstate systems of meaning.
Individual supervision sessions for psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, and mental health staff can be arranged in person or via Skype as time permits. We'll work with the therapeutic relationship as it presents itself in the supervision relationship. Your health and well being as a therapist are paramount to your ability to help your patients/clients, and so part of the work will be to help you develop resilience in your work. Supervision will also help you to adapt your individual approaches and techniques to meet the needs of your specific patients/clients. To arrange supervision or consultation sessions, CONTACT US or for those not in the Auckland area, please go to the distance learning page for online training or supervision
Design and offer introductory workshops, presentations and keynotes on understanding the impact that complex trauma and dissociation and the resultant related symptoms (e.g. drug and alcohol abuse, chaotic lifestyle and relationships, eating disorders, self-harm and risky behaviour, suicidality, amnesia, post traumatic and dissociative disorders, etc.) have on their clients and patients.
Are you tired of spending time in therapy analysing your problems but find you're not able to change them? Do you have lots of "insight" that doesn't seem to help you actually get a handle on your behaviour? PSI enables you to re-embody yourself, identify and establish personal boundaries, match the right “feed to the right need”, and frees up energy entangled in eating compulsions, and relationship struggles. To find a PSI practitioner, see below
About Judy Lightstone, PhD, MA, MS, New Zealand Registered Psychologist
Judy is the founder and director of the Auckland PSI Institute. She has been offering training, and supervision for mental health clinicians for the past 27 years. She has a PhD. with a specialism in Trauma Psychology and two Masters degrees, Counselling and Marriage and Family Therapy. In her Auckland New Zealand and online supervision and consulting practice, she specialises in training therapists to work with abuse survivors and with people with eating problems. She is a NZ Registered Psychologist #90-03237, a Certified EMDR Provider of Continuing Education, and a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #MFC32570 (currently on inactive status in the U.S.). Post graduate studies included EMDR from Francine Shapiro (founder of EMDR), Feminist Relational Therapy for Eating Problems with Susie Orbach (author of Fat is a Feminist Issue and Hunger Strike) and others at the Women's Therapy Centre Institute in New York City; and Somatic therapy from Pat Ogden (founder of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy). Publications include a chapter in the book EMDR Solutions II on integrating EMDR, Somatic and Ego State Therapy approaches in the healing eating problems, and an article on Compulsive Eating and Dissociation in the International Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. She developed and teaches PSI (PsychoSomatic Integration) which is an integration of the above approaches. For more information see her CV