I am trained in EMDR Therapy to resolve trauma, DeTUR Protocol to reduce triggers and urges of addictions and FSAP Protocol to reduce the positive feeling state associated with addictions and compulsive behaviours.
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Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR Therapy)
The mind can often heal itself naturally, in the same way that the body does although we aren’t always aware of this process. When a traumatic or emotionally overwhelming event occurs, such as car accident or childhood neglect, your natural coping mechanisms can become overloaded. This overloading can result in disturbing experiences that remain ‘isolated’ and ‘unprocessed’ in your brain. You may continue to have painful feelings such as anxiety, panic, anger and despair without consciously remembering the original trauma that was the original catalyst.
EMDR helps create the connections between your brain’s memory networks so that your brain can process and then ‘clear’ the negative impact of the trauma. During a typical session, I will ask you to focus on a particular disturbing memory and guide you through the EMDR process. I will ask you to follow my fingers with your eyes, moving back and forth across your field of vision. The eye movements are similar to Rapid Eye Movement (REM) during night time dreams.
With repeated sets of eye movements, the negative memory loses its ‘charge’ and intensity so that eventually it becomes a neutral memory that belongs in the past. During the sessions, I will ask you questions to help you direct your brain to healing itself, but we won’t need to talk about the details of the traumatic event. EMDR can be used to resolve many problems such as complex trauma, complicated grief, anxiety, panic, depression, stress, phobias, chronic pain and low self-esteem.