The Co-founders of Emerge™

The Co-founders of Emerge™

Luke Adams and Chad Tynan: Dynamic healers for dynamic people.

DSC_0758Luke Adams and Chad Tynan provide a professional, close-working, human-scale, therapeutic environment for healing and growth. Clients range from well-known performers and artists to café managers and union carpenters, from high-powered executives to people struggling with medical disabilities, and to many in-between. With over three decades of experience ranging from public policy and community service to spiritual counselling and psychotherapy, Luke serves a broad array of exceptional human beings. With high academic honors in the field, Chad has demonstrated his exceptional clinical understanding.

Both Chad and Luke have training in many different psychological theories, but they share an overarching approach to psychotherapy that focuses on the relationship between therapist and client. Decades of clinical research indicates that this relationship is the single most important factor in psychotherapy. It provides a foundation for clients to experiment with new ways of relating to others and themselves, to consider alternative perspectives, or simply space to be themselves.

Are you anxious, depressed, stuck, overwhelmed, confused, or afraid? If you or a loved one is suffering, please call or email Luke or Chad as soon as possible. You may feel hopeless, ashamed, fearful, or alone. Now can be your time for a change, with compassionate care and help. Clients sometimes reach out to Luke or Chad describing themselves and their concerns as “impossible,” “too big,” “too confusing,” or “shameful,” and “broken.” Luke or Chad will work to discover what tools, insights, and strengths will help to create the change you want. They will work with you in a sensitive, warm, and open way to assist you in getting what you want from your life. The work that Luke or Chad will do with you will be based on useful technique, care, trust, and hope.

Clients can expect to receive superb professional help to uncover, address and heal from the symptoms or underlying causes of the issues that distress them, overwhelm them, or leave them searching. Your working therapist will design an individualized treatment program tailored to the client’s unique set of circumstances and goals. Luke’s and Chad’s clients can count on each of them for the highest legal and ethical degrees of privacy.

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The environmental, transpersonal, and somatic (holistic psychotherapy) worldview: Humans are multidimensional sentient beings comprised of spirit, mind, and body, and the human being exists within an interactive contingent reality composed of systems and environments. Humans have awareness (consciousness) about their inner lives and their outer interactions, as well as sub-awareness (a subconscious which is not operating at the level of mindfulness), and a hidden awareness (unconscious buried material that impacts cognitions/feelings and behaviors, and which has an individual locus but is also connected to a collective locus). Humans, for good or ill (depending on their superconscious formations), act to meet their five great instincts, and they generally use agency to do so in either a pro-social ("productive orientation") or anti-social ("entropic orientation") manner.

The five great instincts:

1. To be part-of
2. To have power to achieve
3. To exercise liberty of individual agency
4. To play and relax.
5. To sustain one's survival

When a person or a relationship system recognizes dysfunction and seeks to -- or is made to seek to -- fix it, the environmental, transpersonal, and somatic worldview utilizes an approach based on fourth-order cybernetics.

The following are some of the better treatment techniques for mental and emotional health function concerns (apart from specific medication and touch interventions), and they all build on each other:

1) Experiential/Symbolic Therapy (authenticity and humane rapport; relatedness even in mentorship; collaboration, playfulness)
2) Object Relations Therapy and Control-Mastery Therapy (how did we developmentally get here and how do we master the tough parts?) plus Integrative Meaning Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (existential and values approaches)
3) Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Strategic Therapy (direct instruction, reality-testing, comparing internal and external logic to achieve reason, rolling with resistance, confronting irrationality)
4) Emotionally Focused Therapy (genuine and open feeling, relying on trusted team members, having healthy boundaries and attachments, more fulfilling experience of being part-of)
5) Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Bowen Family Therapy, (seeing the schemes, empowering "right-sized" self-esteem, challenging the scripts, writing new ones, mindfulness, distress tolerance, self-regulating of emotional reactions, strategic and deep/honest communicating, restructuring thought and feeling and action by using countervailing behaviors)
6) Gestalt Therapy (feel it rather than simply intellectualize it, look at somatic and work on them, consciously integrate the environment, the systems, and the internal compartments).
7) Solution-Focused (envision your ideal, reduce risk and harm to personally acceptable levels, build on strengths) Therapy

A good therapist who has a theoretical orientation that is environmental, transpersonal, and somatic, will integrate tools from all of these therapeutic techniques. The therapist will not be bound to the theory behind the techniques, but will conduct an integrative therapy based from within the environmental, somatic, and transpersonal (holistic psychotherapy) theoretical worldview. The therapist will act to help patients gain not only further expertise about themselves, but also to gain effective tools to live more fulfilling lives with more fulfilling relationships.
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