TRAUMA & EMDR THERAPY
I have had the privilege of facilitating and witnessing the healing of hundreds of clients over the past 15+ years with a cutting edge treatment called EMDR therapy combined with a mindful, compassionate and integral approach.
I provide treatment for:
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Childhood Trauma (childhood emotional abuse, psychological abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse)
Adult Relationship Trauma ( divorce, relationship breakdown, past abuse)
Trauma from Motor Vehicle Accidents
What is Trauma?
Trauma is experienced on continuum and every person responds to traumatic events or situations in different ways. You may feel angry, confused, and agitated. You could be consumed with worry that you aren't safe, can't trust people and become isolated. Maybe you are struggling with feelings that you are unlovable or will never succeed. These are all common responses to trauma, but they don't have to dictate or control your life. I can help you take the control back, learn new coping skills and liberate yourself from those experiences.
You might feel afraid to come to therapy because you’re worried that you’ll need to talk about every single detail of your negative experience. This is not necessary. I use an evidenced-based method called EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). It is a process that allows your brain to work through the trauma in order to become a fully integrated experience, which ultimately relieves you of the negative beliefs and symptoms associated with it.
In order to learn more, please read the information below about EMDR therapy. If any of the above information resonates with you, please contact me for a 15-minute EMDR therapy consultation to see if you are a good fit to receive therapy treatment with me. I believe that I can help you fully process your experience, and if I know someone that I think would be a better fit for you, then I will refer you to another therapist in the area.
What is a traumatic event?
Many people do not even realize that their experience may qualify as traumatizing. However, they know something “isn’t right,” but they don’t know what to do with that. If this is the case for you, I can help you sort through your experiences to find liberation from the negative feelings associated with them.
A traumatic event could be a very obvious and overt situation of victimization, such as abuse, rape or experiencing/witnessing domestic violence. It could be a car accident, the sudden death of a loved one, or an unexpected illness or surgery. You also could have experienced (or are still experiencing) a different type of situation, one that is less obvious, a more implicit type of trauma perhaps, that became your normal. It was such a normal occurrence in fact that you didn’t see much of a problem with it. Or, you thought to yourself that you “shouldn’t” have a problem with it, because this is normal in your family. You may wonder, is it not normal for everyone? But deep down, you may be feeling shame, sadness, anger, frustration, or a lack of connection with yourself and others, as a result of these occurrences.
It is possible to heal from trauma. In fact, the trauma you have endured and survived can become a powerful source of transformation in your life through the process of therapy. Freeing you from the suffering you have endured so that you can evolve into your true potential and whole self.
I am passionate about helping others heal from trauma because I’ve seen and experienced first-hand how it debilitates fulfillment in life and in relationships.
This being human thing can be excruciating in one moment. And exquisite the next. Life can bring us to our knees in many ways. In defeat, but also in awe. It can break the heart into millions of pieces. And yet, if we are willing and courageous enough to look into the dark painful places, the heart will stay open despite how many times its been broken. I have never ever met another human being that has escaped the impact of trauma on their sense of worthiness or deservedness of love and respect. There is a direct correlation between the impact of trauma on one’s sense of Self and their ability to connect with others.
WHAT IS EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can heal from psychological trauma much in the same way that the body can recover from physical trauma, if given the proper environment in which to heal.
For example: When you cut your hand, your body works to heal the wound. If your wound is not given the proper cleaning, medication and protection, it will likely get infected and could cause further damage elsewhere throughout your body as it spreads. But, in a consistently clean and protected environment, with bandages and medication, your wound will normally have the ability to heal itself. Even if it leaves a scar, you will likely be able to move forward with your life. EMDR creates the environment for your mind and emotions to heal themselves much in the same way as our physical body does.
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 suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using EMDR therapy, clinicians can help clients activate their natural healing processes. To learn more details about EMDR, visit: http://www.emdr.com.
More than 30 positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR therapy showing:
Some studies suggested that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions
Another study, funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions
In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions.
There has been so much research on EMDR therapy that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense.