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Everything that I do is completely customized to your needs.
Regardless of what you have been through, moving forward and getting unstuck is possible. Whether you are looking for EMDR, CBT, Traditional Psychotherapy, or a combination of approaches, I am committed to helping you propel forward.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a psychotherapy approach that has undergone extensive research and been proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is one of the top treatment recommendations from the American Psychiatric Association for healing trauma.
EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages find relief from many types of psychological stressors and symptoms. EMDR can also be used for working through complex grief. It can be done with or without me knowing details of your experience of trauma, so you are free to only share what feels comfortable for you. Many of my clients who don't remember specific details of their experiences or who don't want to talk about them in detail find this to be an especially helpful part of EMDR.
It is a process that is more than eye movement/brain stimulation alone, though this is often what it is primarily known for. This is a crucial part of course, but we will also focus on resourcing by building on your strengths, creating healthy coping skills that you will be able to call on as needed, and practicing healthy limit setting by sticking with a pace that is catered directly towards your needs. I would be happy to explain this in more detail to you during our work together, as you will be an active participant in your healing.
Check out this link to learn more about EMDR from the EMDR International Association: http://www.emdria.org/?2
Talk therapy incorporates multiple therapeutic modalities all of which are completed through talking with one another in a traditional therapeutic manner. These modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), inner child work and mindfulness based techniques. CBT is the most widely used intervention for mental health issues including depression and anxiety. It focuses on developing coping strategies and challenging unhelpful patterns in thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes about life. DBT is is most utilized to treat Borderline Personality Disorder, but it is also helpful for treatment of PTSD and other mood disorders. DBT focuses on behavioral skills including mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and emotion regulation. Inner child work is a metaphorical exploration of your voice as a child and how what you have been through in the past impacts your current perception of life. We give your younger self a voice so that they can "grow up" through your nurturing and no longer negatively affect your life in the present. Mindfulness is a state of focusing attention on the present, involving acceptance without judgement. This includes meditation techniques, mind-body connection, and awareness work.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a highly effective therapeutic intervention that aims to improve mental health. CBT focuses on changing and challenging unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors, in order to help improve emotions and reactions to life experiences. It also helps to create personalized coping skills that target solving current problems. CBT was originally designed for the treatment of Depression, but it's use has been expanded to include treatment of a number of other issues, including Anxiety and Weight Loss/Management. CBT has been used to help clients increase happiness and life satisfaction as it focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior. When compared to the use of psychoactive medications, review studies have found CBT alone to be as effective for treating less severe forms of Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Eating Disorders, etc. CBT takes a more structured approach to the therapeutic process, where you and I will work together to create your goals, help you transform your thoughts and perspective in a positive way, and achieve a life you dream of.