The work I do with clients is truly collaborative. The therapeutic technique I have been trained in, Eidetic Image Psychology, requires a deep partnership and attunement between therapist and client. I have noticed clients only ‘go’ where their psyche is ready to let them go and not a moment sooner. In that sense, there is almost an in-built safety mechanism that protects the person from going too deep into an area before they are ready to do so. In that sense, in addition to the discipline and rigor with which I have studied and learned the technique, the greatest contribution I feel I bring is the deep inner work I have done on myself which creates a certain trust and depth to the therapeutic relationship. Over the years, I have had to face many aspects of my pain and things that were buried deeply and things I was ashamed of, etc. In doing so, it’s as if a deeper and richer container has grown within myself which hopefully helps my clients feel safe in expressing and processing what had remained buried.
I received an unsolicited testimonial from someone I have been working with. Even though she gave me permission to use her name, I would like to maintain her privacy. That said, I feel her words carry an energy about the power of the work:
"Holy shift! Our work together using Eidetic Imagery this past year has been so powerful. So grateful to you for your support using this transformational tool. Eidetic Imagery has enabled me to make a deep dive - to enter past experiences and liberate my emotions and the hold they had on me. The process has been alchemical - changing my perspective on the past, bringing empowerment in the present and inspiration for the future. Thank you, Seema!"
It's just so fulfilling to see the impact of the Eidetic Imagery work in my life and to be able to take that work and help other people and see their shifts. I see people's body posture change and there is one woman I work with that when she started embodying her power, her back body filled out. I mean, she inhabited her body richly and it was incredibly moving to watch.
In addition to working with clients one-on-one using Eidetic Image Psychology, I also have experience running Empathy Groups using the Eidetic Technique. There is a 6-session curriculum for such groups. Ideal group size is 5-6 people and each session is 2 hours long.
Cost for individual sessions is $150/hr, conducted on Zoom. And empathy groups cost $50 per person per session, with a commitment for the 6-week series -- $300 per person for the 6 sessions. (With regards with empathy groups, I am currently not running a group, but am available to facilitate a group. Please contact me for more details.)
If anything I have written or expressed resonates with you in some way, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com to schedule an introductory conversation.
Eidetic Imagery Psychology
Eidetic images are bright, lively pictures seen in the mind, much like a movie image or photograph. Extensive scientific research has found that these distinctive types of images are neurologically recorded in the brain and systematically stored for future reference.
The process of uncovering them breaks down the habitual, knee jerk reactions, thoughts, and attitudes that result in discordant solutions to life and work problems, by bringing forth empowered states of mind already encoded within one’s psyche. These special images allow access to one's authentic strengths, hidden capabilities, and innate creativity. Always present, they need only be brought to the surface. Eidetic Imagery helps to unlock the intrinsic and most potent capabilities inherent in each person, helping to reveal current obstacles in a new light. This leads to the discovery of innovative solutions, deeper success in working relationships, and the enhanced ability to attain one’s goals. Healing is about bringing forth empowered states of mind already encoded within one's psyche. Inside each of us is a genetic blueprint for our wholeness. These special images give us access to our authentic strengths, hidden capabilities, and innate creativity.
An Eidetic has three basic components:
The Image (I): The picture in the mind’s eye, which may be either vague or vivid
The Somatic Response (S): The physical and/or emotional sensation accompanying the image, including sensory details such as sights, sounds, smells, or any form of information and;
The Meaning (M): The message the image conveys; the reason it has been stored this way within the mind.
The Eidetic image:
Gives you insights into any person, problem or situation
Breaks your fixed perspectives on how you see and respond to others
Brings forth unrealized inner powers from your mind and body to deal with any situation or relationship.
Helps you go from negative to positive emotions – helplessness to power, fear to love, criticism to compassion–by drawing upon your inner strength.
Brings healing energies to the body.
Eidetic Image Psychology – “An approach which enables a person to cut through the mind/body problem
and deal with essential unity, which is himself as a human being.” (Journal of Mental Imagery)
Empathy is the feelingful entry into our own and another person’s emotional life. It is the total experience of being shoulder to shoulder, eye to eye, heart to heart and toe to toe with another person. Through empathy, true knowledge emerges about self and others. The Empathy Group process utilizes Eidetic Imagery as a vehicle to enable participants to step into the experiences of others and discover empathy as a path towards healing. The process embodies the foundations of Eidetic Imagery – that one person’s imagery heals another. By bridging the emotional gaps among group participants in this experiential environment, the sharing of perceptions creates a feeling of group consciousness, unity and compassion which is one of the most powerful things that alters interactions. In this setting, spontaneous healing images emerge that shift perceptions and help group members uncover areas where they are “stuck” in personal life situations. Empathy groups are structured around questions pertaining to developmental dynamics in our childhoods. In them, we gain understanding of the knee-jerk reactions and habitual mental/emotional ‘programs’ that run us. The basic foundation of how we respond to the world is formed by our developmental history with. On the other side of these images is the potential for deep awareness and healing.