Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
This treatment was first developed to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); it has since been found to be effective to treat many conditions. In EMDR, the client is guided to move their eyes in specific ways while a therapist is asking them questions about their experiences. Research shows that these eye movements steer the brain away from where emotions around a painful experience are centered – the amygdala – to different regions of the brain that can make help the client make sense of the experience and gain perspective on it. I am certified in EMDR. Click here for more information on EMDR.
For millennia, yoga has helped people to recognize and tolerate physical sensations and develop a greater mind/body connection. For these reasons, it can be an ideal complement to talk therapy. I am a certified yoga teacher through Yoga District who has taught for years in yoga studios and homeless shelters. I also have undergone specialized training at Beloved Yoga Sanctuary to pair yoga with treatment for trauma. To understand more about what trauma is and whether you may be dealing with its enduring effects, please click here.
Exposure Response Prevention (ERP)
This approach is most used to treat OCD and phobias. ERP is an approach that can help a person learn to better cope with his or her anxiety so they don’t have to work so hard to avoid it – and the painful emotions it triggers. This is a method of gradually and safely exposing a client to something that causes significant anxiety (obsessions) and to prevent a response (compulsions). In time, the client is no longer dependent upon the compulsions as an attempt to avoid or neutralize the anxiety. For more information on ERP click here ,and for more information on phobias, click here.
Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Trained in DBT since 2006, I have found it to be very useful to help my clients learn to change emotions that need changing, break harmful patterns in relationships, and increase the ability to tolerate difficult and distressing events and feelings. In effect, DBT teaches you skills to better handle the wide range of challenging emotions we all experience in life: anger, frustration, sadness, impatience, regret, rage. DBT helps us increase awareness of the feelings’ presence, develop the ability to tolerate distress, and improve our relationships with partners, relatives, friends and colleagues. To learn more, click here.