Developmental Needs Metting Strategy

There are many individuals who have not received benefit from more traditional therapy, despite putting in a good effort. They may have even tried less conventional treatments such as EMDR and found it was too much or had little results. What these individuals may find is that their concerns are complex and not easily reached with traditional therapies that are more cognitive in nature. The problem is not with them, but with the field of mental health therapy and its over-simplified approach to mental health. Complex symptoms are usually clouded with emotions that are disconnected from more logical reasoning, making conventional therapy far less reaching. Conventional therapy works like this:  change behaviors that are detrimental to you. If you change how you think, you'll change how you feel and behave.

But do you need a therapist to teach you what you already know? Here's a familiar example:  Ever know you should not eat a chocolate cake and you eat it anyway? Then you beat yourself up because you know better? Then you eat it again the next day? Changing how you feel is not always as simple as changing how you think. If you find yourself stuck in this rut, let me introduce the Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy.


The DNMS is a therapy that is one of several ego-state based therapies that has included gestalt, Internal Family Systems, and inner-child work. DNMS is different from these modalities, in that the DNMS is a more specialized protocol with steps in place to appropriately treat ego-state wounds. With this step-by-step process in place, it makes it easier to know where to go rather than getting stuck or continuing to rehash the same problem session after session. While the DNMS is a slower modality, it is thorough and the changes made with it can be more lasting.

Here's a list of what suitable concerns that may be helped with the use of DNMS:

  • Irrational fears of abandonment

  • Self-destructive or self-harming behaviors such as eating disorders or addictions

  • Remembering the past more than experiencing the present

  • Regularly or occasionally feeling fearful, helpless, or angry responses that may feel as over-reactions to the present

  • Having an unhappy childhood

  • Having doubts in self or others

  • Dissociative symptoms

  • Never feeling understood by others

  • Codependency or enmeshment in relationships

  • Sense of feeling empty or having a void.

With the DNMS, I have completed the the appropriate training to use the therapy in sessions. I receive ongoing consultation through Karen Gardner, LCSW, helping me to ensure that clients maintain safety in sessions with the use of DNMS. I may use DNMS solely with individuals or combine it with other modalities such as EMDR. To have a better grasp of the DNMS, visiting these links may be helpful in learning more information on this ego-state based therapy.

(385) 243-1744

375 South Carbon Avenue

Ste. 133

Price, Utah 84501


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