The Bio-Emotive Framework
The Bio Emotive Framework is a framework that has emerged out the past 15 years of clinical work with my clients.
I teach people to activate the body’s natural healing process through training them in the “Nedera Process”, which is a 6 step emotional processing practice.
Recent Developments in Psychology that Support the Bio-Emotive Framework
The Bio-Emotive Framework is also supported by more than my anecdotal evidence, in that it is similar to many other recently developed therapies that emphasize emotional processing and that do have strong research supporting them, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Internal Family System (IFS) and Coherence therapy. The Framework also has strong face validity in that it looks and feels true when you examine it closely; its internally consistent and coherent, maps onto everyday life and experience, feels right when you actually try it out, and it provides new insights and ways of working with problem areas that have been resistant to change with previous frameworks. It differs from other emotionally informed therapies such as ACT, DBT, and EFT in that it provides a much more detailed language for understanding and working with the emotional activation.Another nice feature of the Bio-Emotive Framework is that with one or two exceptions it does not contradict any of the fundamental assumptions of other psychological therapies (such as cognitive, behavioural, inter-personal, etc) and can be used as a powerful complement to those therapies. One way it does so is by clarifying some important healing processes that often occur in effective therapy, even if they are not consciously articulated and understood in those other therapies. For example, some cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) clinicians now recognize the importance of reducing “experiential avoidance” in their clients, meaning they now encourage clients to fully experience their feelings and sensations, as a necessary part of therapy (and life). This is a considerable contrast to past CBT theory which believed all that was necessary for exposure therapy to work was exposure to the feared stimuli. The Bio-Emotive Framework complements CBT by having an elaborate understanding of the important experiential elements and a detailed language to help a person experience and express those feelings and emotions.
Anecdotal Evidence for the Bio-Emotive Framework
Part of the evidence for the usefulness of the Bio-Emotive Framework is that many of the people I have seen and helped with the framework have tried one or more other psychological and behavioural therapies prior to seeing me, some of them for over a decade. Besides getting better (and some actually recovering from their conditions, not just learning to cope with them), most report this way of working as being more beneficial and effective then the previous therapies they had tried. There are other potential explanations for this, such as the person’s life conditions having changed at the same time they started seeing me, or that they resonated with me as a therapist more then they did their previous therapists, or that some mental health condition sometimes go away over time, etc. However the sheer number of people I have seen and helped over the last decade-plus start to weaken these alternative explanations: It may just be that this framework is a powerful and effective new way of understanding and working with many mental health conditions.