Dr Dvori's practice (online and face to face)
Dr Dvori Blumenau
BA Hons (Psych) (Unisa) M.Ed (Psych) (U.J.) PhD (U.J.)
International ego state therapist and Hypnotherapist (Meisa)
Creative Expressive Art; EMDR; Somatic Experiencing; CBT; DBT
International therapists' trainer
What you can expect from my practice
“Dvori Blumenau is an internationally certified Ego State therapist. She was one of my most dedicated students and I can certainly recommend her. She is an experienced therapist, thorough and dedicated to her clients. Despite her vast experience she still regularly attends training workshops to enhance her skills and to stay up to date with the latest theoretical developments within the field of psychology and psychotherapy”.
Dr. Hartman Past-President of Ego State Therapy International (ESTI)
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Over the years, most of the clients that came to seek my help struggled with depression. Alongside, most of them also struggled with either anxiety (including OCD and phobias), insecurities, anger, social issues, trauma or all of the above. Slowly, I developed a comprehensive and goal-orientated model for the treatment of these conditions. I named the model:
The SHIP Model
S- Self awareness
H- Hypnosis and creativity for inner strength building
I- Inner-child work, healing and integrating the personality and creating the corrective experience
P- Practical guidance (social skills, self-regulation and more)
This model proved itself to be highly successful with so many people that I decided to base my doctorate on it.
The research I conducted confirms that this model is effective for the treatment of depression as can be seen from the research results.
I am currently working on a publication which presents this model as a contribution to the field of psychology as well as a self-help book.
I also have a YouTube channel named Dr Dvori - how to heal and transform your life, where some of the sessions and practical tools of the Ship Model appear.
I also follow this model during my online sessions and the results are positive, as can be viewed from my testimonial page.
How long does it take to implement the model?
On average it takes eight to nine months of weekly sessions. When appropriate, the duration can be substantially reduced if sessions are held more than once a week.
Some of my clients completed the part that was applicable to them in just a few sessions.
Some who come with a background of childhood abuse/neglect often take a year to feel healed and free.
Those who come with severe multiple traumas may take up to one and a half years to achieve their goals.
Do I perform the SHIP Model with everyone?
Not at all. Some people come and talk through issues. Some come for guidance, such as parental guidance. Some come for a specific issue such as grief, a sleeping disorder, or to resolve a single trauma such as a car accident. It may take one to three sessions for the issue to be resolved, or longer, depending on the client’s needs.
What methods do I use in therapy?
I believe the aim of therapy is to heal the inner child and give tools and skills for life in the present and the future, through a cost effective and fun manner when possible, with noticeable results from the early stages of therapy. Therefore, I chose to use the modalities below, which are all outcome based. I combined them in a unique way which formed the SHIP model. The sessions themselves are all based on principles of these modalities, however, they are all original and each one is impactful in its own right.
In therapy I use: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Ego State Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Creative Expressive Art, Somatic Experiencing, DBT and EMDR.
I do not use all these therapies with all clients. clients need to connect to the therapy too.
Most of these modalities do not rely on ‘talk therapy’. Language is a function of the left brain, the rational brain, However, it is the right brain, the emotional brain, which is more connected to the subconscious, where the source of the stress or the trauma resides. Most of the treatment modalities mentioned above allow for easy access to the right brain and the subconscious, which makes therapy more concise.
Emotional assessments: Other than therapy, I also preform thorough emotional assessments upon request. The assessment takes around 2 hours. I mostly assess children and adolescents. This allows the parents to understand what is happening in their child’s subconscious mind and what needs to happen in order for the child to heal. I can also perform assessments on Zoom, as long as the child is over 9 years of age.
A brief explanation of the therapeutic models I use:
Cognitive behaviour therapy assists the client to recognize faulty thinking patterns and replace it with more adaptive thought patterns.
The Hypnotherapy I use is called “ego-state hypnosis” which means, dealing with sub-personalities under hypnosis. Everyone’s personality is made up of different parts, most of which are useful, but some of which are maladaptive. The maladaptive parts are those which cause the challenges. The aim of this therapy is to achieve greater self-awareness and integration within the personality. This hypnosis is unlike “stage-hypnosis” during which people lose control. Here the client does not lose control at all. Clients who prefer not to go under hypnosis, are helped
through other forms of therapy.
EMDR is a quick path into the subconscious. It can release post traumatic stress, phobias, panic disorder, chronic pain and more, at times within as little as 2-5 sessions.
Creative-Expressive Art in therapy is fun for everyone, even for those who do not consider themselves to be creative at all (this is optional too). This type of therapy activates the right brain, which is a lot more connected to the subconscious than the left brain, hence, art therapy is a quick way to get to the issue. This type of therapy is also suitable for those who do not enjoy talk therapy. Clients take home their creative work, which facilitates long term memory of the intervention. Art therapy also facilitates new insights that the client may not have had before.
Somatic Experiencing allows for the activation of the nervous system in certain parts of the body, in which the sympathetic nervous system has 'frozen'. This is achieved through a specific form of mental focus and often through specific body movements. This removes trauma and stress which are stuck in the cells.
DBT is a form of therapy that is suited to people who are highly impulsive, who struggle to self-regulate their emotions, who exhibit rage and lack of boundaries, I incorporate DBT into the program.
I am passionate about working with people who have experienced a challenging childhood to help them heal, evolve and become the best person they can.
Does this model work on Zoom? Yes it does, most of my clients are now receiving therapy online.
With children I use play therapy, art in therapy, drama therapy, music therapy and storytelling.
With young teens I use art in therapy, drama therapy, music therapy and hypnotherapy (if they are keen), self-awareness questionnaires and other fun methods. I also work with children online to help them build self esteem, improve social skills and deal with issues that bother them. This works very well and the parents report substantial change in the child's behavior and mood.
Bipolar clients: Over the years I have helped many clients with bipolar disorder, both adults and adolescents. I worked through the SHIP model with them and with all of these clients, without exceptions, I had success. Within a few week of therapy, their psychiatrists had noticed their incredible improvements and decided to start reducing medication. After a year of therapy, they were emotionally balanced and happy and they had moved towards to achieve their life goals.
I have also specialized in HYPNOBIRTHING (hypnosis for childbirth), namely, helping moms give birth through hypnosis rather than through the usage of drugs. Hypnosis assists the birthing moms in having a shorter, easier, more comfortable and substantially less painful births. Rather than being traumatic for both mom and baby, the birth is transformed into a calming experience.
Past life regression is another service I offer. It is appropriate for people who experience stuckness in this life time for no apparent reason. This kind of hypnosis may be able to resolve the 'riddle' and allow the clients to move on with their lives without the difficulty that was holding them back.
Corona virus - now with the new fear of this virus, some people are getting anxious and some exhibit OCD tendencies. I work with people and adolescents on Zoom to assist with this fear.
I work after hours and on some Sundays. should you need more explanations on the way I work, you are welcome to message me. The best way to get hold of me is through WhatsApp.
For SA clients: I charge medical aid rates and I submit accounts directly to the medical aid. My prices are negotiable when required. If you have depleted your medical aid allowance for therapy for the year, I can apply for you for extra sessions.
For international clients: In order to make this therapy accessible, I offer affordable rates.
I have many clients from different parts of the world. With these clients I use zoom or a video call. It works very well.
You can email me or WhatsApp me if you are interested to try therapy this way.
At times, long-distance clients come to me for a full weekend for intensive work. This allows for quicker recovery and for the achievement of the client's goals in a shorter space of time. We often start on Skype, then we meet face to face and we do the deeper work (EMDR, hypnosis and somatic experiencing) and if there is still a need for maintenance we continue on Skype.
A testimonial letter from an over-seas client who came to me for a full weekend to experience deep and intensive work, face to face, appears on the testimonial page, under the mane "Tali Glass".
Here is a testimonial letter from one of my Skype clients (this person can be contacted, just let me know):
"After my first remote meeting via Skype with Dvori, I knew I had to continue working with her on my longstanding history of depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Her expertise, passion, and understanding are conveyed online even better than those of any therapist I have spoken to in person over the past 15 years.
Since working with Dvori, I have greater self-understanding, -compassion and -regard than I've known possible in my adolescent and adult life. The holistic, practical approach that she has developed has taught me the first useful and helpful techniques I've found on my journey of self-healing. For the first time, I feel optimistic about my ability to fix and control my mental health and become the person I want to be and know I can be.
I am forever grateful to have found her."
Sandy, Las Vegas, NV, United States