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EMDR and IFS Therapy

What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. EMDR therapy has been extensively researched and has demonstrated effectiveness for trauma.  

About EMDR Therapy?

Our brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories and events or stressful events that you may not have perceived as traumatic. This process involves communication between the amygdala (the alarm signal for stressful events), the hippocampus (which assists with learning, including memories about safety and danger), and the prefrontal cortex (which analyzes and controls behavior and emotion). While many times traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, they may not be processed without help. Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories, and allows normal healing to resume.  The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.”

How Does it Work?  Will I be Re-traumatized?

EMDR will not force you or require you to be re-traumatized.  Together, we will explore and discuss your concerns, challenges, and symptoms in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental space and we will mutually agree on whether EMDR is an appropriate therapy modality for you. If we proceed you will have the ability to process past events and eliminate the power of current triggers.  It will allow for you to experience events and people in the future without being activated or held back from past experiences. 

I am certified in EMDR which means I completed an additional year of training outside of the basic EMDR training and I continue to take advanced EMDR trainings and consult regularly with other EMDR therapist to stay up to date on the latest research and strategies. 

For more information visit www.emdria.org   http://www.emdria.org

Click here to watch a short video explaining the impacts that trauma has on our brain and nervous system  https://youtu.be/TlJXYN9bPOg

Click here to view a short video explaining EMDR Therapy   https://youtu.be/Pkfln-ZtWeY

IFS (Internal Family Systems)

Do you ever feel like a part of your feels one way and another part of your feels differently?  

Do you ever wonder why a part of you reacts intensely and defensively and you cannot figure out why?

Do you ever shut down and hold your emotions in and not sure why you do this?

We each have a family of parts that resides inside of us and they have roles. Some of them protect us in healthy ways and some protect us in not so healthy ways and keep us from living our lives from a Wise, leadership, healthy, adult manner. In IFS therapy I will help you get to know these various aspects or "parts" of yourself that may be getting in the way of your confidence, having healthy relationships, being comfortable around others or expressing your emotions, or a variety of other blocks you may be experiencing. 




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