EMDR Therapy & EMDR Intensives/Retreats
"Trauma is not what happens to you, it’s what happens inside you as a result of what happened to you."
There is no one path to trauma and there is not one path to heal from it. I am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is one effective and powerful modality in processing traumatic or distressing life experiences and the impact they have had. When processing these memories, we utilize bilateral stimulation of the eyes, similar to your REM cycle of sleep (which helps us consolidate memories).
Before we process, we want to make sure you feel ready enough and prepared with some new resources to process these events in a new way. I think of it this way: if your home was impacted by a natural disaster, you would not want to rebuild your home in the exact same way. You may consider building back in a way that better prepares you for the now-known risk in the pathway of your home. Depending on your experiences and readiness to process, we may spend more time here. This is so that your nervous system is ready to revisit these memories, integrate what it didn't have the chance to before, so that you can feel relief.
Trauma is not always something that happens to you. Sometimes it is what didn't happen. Clients I work with may not describe their life as traumatic. Yet something feels missing, incomplete, or incongruent. Using EMDR with an attachment focus, we can offer those parts of yourself the resources or nurturing you now know that you needed but perhaps did not receive.
I offer EMDR through weekly or biweekly sessions as well as EMDR Intensives. Please visit my blog if you are interested to learn more about what an EMDR Intensive is and whether this is a good fit for you at this time.
"People have two needs; attachment and authenticity. When authenticity threatens attachment, attachment trumps authenticity."