What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy that helps people heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that result from disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that EMDR can accelerate the therapeutic process, completing only a handful of sessions that once took years in traditional talk therapy. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the human nervous system can, in fact, heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to repair the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental and emotional processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense symptoms like panic attacks, obsessive thinking, and chronic pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes, and the symptoms can stop.
I am trained in somatic and attachment-focused EMDR Therapy (The SAFE Approach) through the Personal Transformation Institute (PTI).
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of therapeutic approach that helps people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patters that have a negative impact on behavior and emotions. CBT focuses on changing automatic negative thoughts that contribute to and worsen emotional difficulties, depression, and anxiety. Through CBT, these thoughts are identified, challenged, and replaced with more objective, realistic thoughts.
CBT empowers people to develop more effective coping skills and learn to modify both their thinking and behavior. There are several studies that suggest CBT is an approach that produces real change, relieving client symptoms and improving day-to-day functioning and quality of life.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication. The purpose is to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by exploring the person's own reasons for changing within a therapeutic relationship based on acceptance and compassion. The main qualities in MI are:
A guiding style of communication that falls between following and directing the client
Empowerment so that clients feel confident in their ability to implement the changes they desire
Respectful and a curious way of being with clients facilitates the natural process of change and honors client autonomy.