Camilo Gallardo is a psychotherapist trained as a Jungian analyst and IFS therapist
Accredited organisations: The Guild of Analytical Psychologists (GAP) The International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) : UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
As a trauma survivor it had always been easier for me to focus on others than to look deeply into my own shadow. I was drawn early to inner work and I am now in my fourth decade of mediation practice. Very early on I realised that mediation alone was not going to be enough to make me whole.
Twenty five years ago, looking to go deeper and study more, I left a career in film and trained to become a Jungian analyst.
In 2014 I read The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk and it embarked me on more study and training about the effects of psychological trauma, both individually and collectively. In search of a comprehensive treatment modality I looked deeper into Internal Family Systems Therapy and, after trying it for myself, have become convinced that it is the most powerful treatment modality for trauma available.
1987-2002 Theatre and Film with Janet Alhanti studio, Los Angeles https://www.actingclassnow.com
1989-1992 Resident at Dharma Zen Centre LA. Refuge Zen Master SeungSahn https://www.dharmazen.com/residencyandabout
1994 Iquitos, Peru with Chamán Don Agustin Rivas http://agustin-rivas.com/en/travel/amazonas-and-rainforest/
1996 Iquitos, Peru with Chamán Don Agustin Rivas http://agustin-rivas.com/en/travel/amazonas-and-rainforest/
1996-2006 Jungian training with the Guild of Analytical Psychologists (GAP) http://www.analyticalpsychology.org
1996-2010 Annual 10-day silent Vipassanā retreat with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._N._Goenka
2005 Refuge with 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje https://kagyuoffice.org
2015 - 2018 (IoTP) Identity oriented Psychotrauma Therapy with Franz Ruppert https://www.healthy-autonomy.co.uk/iopt-therapy/
2018 Mahamudra for the Modern World with Dr. Reginald A. Ray https://www.dharmaocean.org/reginald-a-ray
The unique contribution of IFS
The IFS model of therapy attracted me because it is rooted in systems thinking and the multiplicity of the mind. It also believes that all individuals have what is called a Self (our core, soul, or internal leader), which doesn't need to be cultivated or developed; we are born with it.
It also acknowledges that we have parts or aspects of our personality that we are born with too, which have positive intentions and are not a sign of pathology. With trauma, parts are forced to take on extreme protective roles or to carry painful experiences.
IFS has a unique way of addressing and dealing with trauma, in that it deals with the cognitive by addressing and unloading distorted thoughts and beliefs, it incorporates the body as it supports the movement and discharge of physical sensations, and it facilitates the release of painful feelings (such as unworthiness, loneliness, and unlovability) by healing the wounds that parts of us carry.
IFS helps release parts from their extreme roles and repairs the chasm created between parts and the Self as a result of the trauma. Parts are then able to restore trust in Self-leadership and fluidly integrate back into the whole system. IFS incorporates spirituality and promotes a humane, non-pathologizing, openhearted, and loving approach to healing the pain associated with repeated relational violations.
Internal Family Systems Therapy trainings:
2018 L1 Paul Ginter
2019 L1 Chris Burris
2019 L2 Cece Sykes Compassion for Addictive Processes
2019 L3 Richard Schwartz
2019 L2 Frank Anderson Trauma and Neuroscience
2021 L3 Richard Schwartz
2022 L2 Cece Sykes Compassion for Addictive Processes
2023 L3 Cece Sykes
2022/23 Thomas Hübl Healing Ancestral Trauma