Brief Targeted Therapy
on Orcas Island
Michael Elder, MFT
Certified Trauma Specialist


Formative Psychology ( is a process of learning to modulate (change the intensity of) your emotional responses by making small changes in posture, gesture, and muscle tone.

While clients are encouraged to practice between sessions, the practice is one of relieving unnecessary suffering by gaining mastery over your patterns of muscular tension and collapse rather than reliving painful history.

The goal of Formative practice is not just the resolution of specific traumas but a more conscious and competent choosing of how your respond to all of life's circumstances.