What is EMDR?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is recognized as one the most effective treatments for trauma. The short answer to the process of EMDR is that it stimulates both sides of the brain simultaneously through bilateral stimulation.
Bilateral stimulation is stimulating both sides of the body at the same time either through eye movements, tapping on the legs, auditory buzzing, or hand sensors that vibrate.
Each client chooses which stimulation is best for them. Lighting up both sides of the brain at the same time while processing through a traumatic or difficult event helps that event to become fully integrated. This helps alleviate painful triggers caused by the event and helps one move forward while being able to look at that event as a thing of the past. The client is able to make the distinction that something is no longer affecting him/her in their current life.
What are Somatic techniques?
Somatic comes from the Greek word “Soma,” which means body. Somatic psychology is the understanding of how the mind and body work together. Somatic techniques are body focused techniques such as breath work, meditation, visualization, and movement.
Somatic techniques are often incorporated in the work I do. It might be a breathing exercise at the beginning or end of a session, or a whole session focused primarily on the body sensations and feelings.
The mind and body are deeply connected and one affects the other. I use a Somatic approach in every session even when it’s unspoken. Reading the clients body language adds much more information to the content that is being said. Often the unconscious is spoken through body language.
What is Relational Somatic Psychotherapy (RSP)?
This is an approach that was developed by Dr. Michael Sieck. It focuses on the relationship between two or more people that can begin as early as childhood through the present.
My certification in RSP has taught me how important the relationship and connection between the therapist and client is and ways to use that to reveal the client's unconscious needs and attachment wounds. These deeper needs and wounds can’t be uncovered without a safe connected relationship with your therapist.
What approach do you take when working with couples?
First and foremost, I ensure the clients feel comfortable and safe in the room, so they can be vulnerable with each other and me. The approach I often use is called Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) developed by Sue Johnson.
The basis of EFT is that the attachment relationship that is created in your first relationship with your parents gets played out in your current relationship. In turn, it helps each individual understand their attachment style and that of their partners. This helps couples to organize their experience, which will help it make sense and lead to a deeper compassion for each other.
What is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)?
EFT is an approach to couples therapy that helps the couple deeper their connection, intimacy and trust. Through EFT each couple will be able to recognize the cycle that causes distress in the relationship. We will then be able to identify the root of each individuals pattern that contributes to the cycle. By working together in this process it not only helps the couple see the negative patterns they play out, but also helps them connect and understand each other on a deeper level. This is achieved by each person sharing and exploring their own experience of the relationship and their history. This can lead to insights of the feelings and behaviors of each partner.
What if I can’t come to sessions weekly?
Attending weekly sessions is the most beneficial way to make progress efficiently. A lot can be lost in two to three weeks between sessions. With that said I am willing to see clients every other week if that makes the most sense for their budget.
Attending every other week is better than not coming at all. I encourage clients to at least start weekly and then taper off to twice a month after some progress has been made and our relationship has been developed.
Do you take insurance?
I do not accept insurance though I can provide you with a form that you can submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement.