About EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
EMDR is one of the most exciting new treatment models in psychotherapy, especially for trauma-based problems. This revolutionary therapy has helped thousands of individuals from all walks of life to recover from such traumas as natural disasters, childhood abuse, accidents and assaults as well as combat and war. In addition to the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, EMDR is also used to heal the psychological effects of smaller traumas that manifest in symptoms of depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, phobias, realtionships difficulties, and creative blocks. Not only does recovery occur much more rapidly and thoroughly than in traditional therapy, many clients report a kind of a spiritual transformation or a "greater lightness of being" (as one of my clients noted after treatment) due to EMDR's highly effective method of clearing emotional and physical blockages.
Essentially, the goal of EMDR treatment is twofold:
1. To help us reprocess disturbing memories, dysfunctional beliefs, intrusive images, overwhelming feelings and painful sensations.
2. And to help us acquire and process new information that will enhance our everyday living.
Please contact me if you have any questions concernng EMDR or if you are wondering whether or not EMDR is an appropriate course of treatment for you.
About Therapeutic Mindfulness
Therapeutic mindfulness entails cultivating awareness of our present experience with acceptance and in a non-judgmental manner. Simply put, mindfulness is training the mind to "show up" to the present moment.
In order to cultivate awareness we need to slow down, observe and return to the object of our attention repeatedly. Most of us are in one of two common states: 1) an overactive mind 2) falling asleep (behind the wheel, as they say). And we tend to operate as if we were under some sort of threat. That given, mindfulness helps us to see the overall process of the mind and gain insight into our suffering.
Mindfulness Can Help Us:
- To see and acept things as they are
- To loosen our preoccupation with "self"
- To become free to act skillfully
- To experience the richness of the moment
Mindfulness Helps Us Get Along:
- By not taking things personally
- By seeing others moe clearly
- By not acting on urges compulsively
- By being present in relationships
- By not believing in our judgments
Mindfulness Practice Is Not:
- Having a "blank" mind
- Seeking bliss
- Escaping pain
- Withdrawing from life
- Becoming emotionless
Mindfulness practice is especially useful for those who are struggling with anxiety, depression or chronic pain. If you are interested, I can teach you a a wide range of mindfulness techniques from you may choose to apply to your own practice. Most of my clients have sigificantly benefited from incorporating some simple mindfulness exercises into their daily routine.
I have been studying meditation and therapeutic mindfulness for over 25 years and have familiarized myself with a host of informal and formal mindfulness techniques that can help you to live a more fulfilling life. Please contact me if you have any questions about mindfulness practice.