In the late 1980s, Francine Shapiro discovered a connection between eye movement and persistent upsetting memories. With this personal insight, she began what became a lifelong study and development of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. EMDR differs from traditional therapy as it does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or completing homework between sessions. EMDR therapy, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process.
EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies.
Mindfulness goes hand in hand with all the modalities I use including CBT and DBT. Mindfulness is woven throughout the 8 phases of EMDR therapy, but particularly vital during the beginning phases of EMDR where awareness and self-regulation are introduced in the preparation phase of processing; helping clients learn to observe their internal reactions without judgment, while accepting their feelings, body sensations and thoughts as they arise.
The Six Stages of Grief, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance and finding meaning, are a part of the framework that make up our learning to live with life's transitions. This can be the loss of a loved one, divorce or separation, a move or relocation. There are tools within each stage to help us frame and identify what we may be feeling. But they are not stops on some linear timeline in grief. Not everyone goes through all of them or in a prescribed order. Our hope is that with these stages comes the knowledge of grief ‘s terrain, making us better equipped to cope with life and loss. At times, people in grief will often report more stages. Just remember your grief is as unique as you are.
Trauma is defined and experienced uniquely by each person. Many individuals experience symptoms associated with painful and disrupting circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger following post traumatic events. We can work together in overcoming these symptoms while moving through the process of grief and healing.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.