Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) 

EMDR Therapy is a systematic approach involving bilateral sensory stimulation, such as eye-movements, tapping or sounds for the purpose of facilitating healing from traumatic and disturbing life circumstances. The client focuses on disturbing thoughts, feelings, body sensations, or memories while the therapist provides bilateral sensory stimulation. This facilitates the processing abilities of the brain and the nervous system to create a new and healthier adaptation to past traumas.

Traumatic events, disturbing adverse life experiences, and the associated beliefs are encoded in memory. When these disturbances are encoded in the brain, people often experience emotional, cognitive, and sensory impairment. New information and the impact of positive experiences are not able to impact the disturbing memory, and it feels as though the trauma is occurring again. EMDR reprocesses the memory so there is resolution of the past trauma and current healing experiences are integrated.

EMDR Therapy is appropriate if you experience difficulties as a result of:

  • Violence

  • Sexual abuse

  • Accidents

  • Torture

  • Neglect

  • War Trauma

  • Natural Disaster

 

This innovative and powerful psychotherapy model was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987 primarily to address the impact of trauma, particularly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is also now being used effectively for many other problems such as performance anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and grief. Rigorously controlled studies of EMDR Therapy have been published that substantiate its effectiveness. It is quick, safe and effective.

To Learn more about EMDR Therapy Visit: emdria.org

EMDR Therapy

Imago Therapy

Developed by Drs., Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt in 1980, Imago Relationship Therapy transforms conflict into an opportunity to grow and heal. I teach a dialogue process to help you discuss these things in a positive and respectful way, removing blame, shame, and criticism.  By understanding your triggers and reactive behaviors that stem from unmet needs, you learn to respond to your partner in a healthy way that benefits you both.

Oprah Winfrey and Alanis Morissette on Imago Therapy.

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“We are born
in relationship.
We grow in relationship.
We are wounded
in relationship.
We are healed 
in relationship.”
~Harville Hendrix

Emotionally Focused

Couples Therapy

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples is based on an understanding of human attachment during our formative years, and was developed in the 1980s by Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg. 

As children we seek comfort and safety from our caretakers. These childhood experiences morph into unconscious habits in our adulthood. EFT heightens awareness of the painful patterns that develop in our relationships. Through this experience of heightened awareness, along with therapeutic support and guidance, couples’ experiment with new ways of being together, creating a feeling of safety and a more secure emotional bond.

Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt Therapy is very respectful of the person seeking help, and assumes that we all have what it takes to be fully alive, vibrant, and joyful. Despite that innate ability, we are often on “automatic pilot” and unaware of our habits and behavior patterns. By focusing on what we are experiencing in the present moment in the body, mind and spirit, we become aware of how we behave in the world.

Through that awareness, we learn to be with our feelings and sensations. This allows us to release the blocks and unfinished business that tends to cause suffering. Self-awareness mobilizes us to take risks and stretch ourselves by experimenting with new ways of being. 

 

The Gestalt Paradoxical Theory of Change states that the more we know and accept who we are, the more we change.  Through this process, healing occurs. Individual adults, couples, families, and children can all benefit from Gestalt Therapy. 

 

Energy Healing

Energy Healing is an ancient Eastern tradition that is used to restore balance to the emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of a person.

What can you expect in an energy healing session?

Clients lie on a massage table, fully clothed, while the healer puts their hands on or over the energy centers in the body. Often people describe feeling calm, relaxed, and grounded afterward. The energy system becomes balanced, creating a sense of peace.
 

We are each born into this world as vibrant alive beings. It is easy to see in most young children. They are naturally alive, and free spirited, and not so worried about what others think. As a natural course of growing up in our world, we experience hurts and disappointments. The extent of these hurts vary from person to person, but we all develop defenses to cope in a world that is always in flux and where our needs are not always met.

To develop these defenses is a normal part of being human; however, despite our defenses - and often because of them - we still experience emotional, physical, and spiritual imbalances. These imbalances are manifested in our energy centers, called chakras.

Energy work enhances healing from surgery and other physical issues. It helps immensely with the emotional work that is being done in therapy, transforming our limited perceptions of ourselves. Often doors open to new spiritual awareness. It is a very potent source of healing on all levels.

Energy Healing

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