EMDR & Trauma
When horrible or overwhelming things happen to us, whether incidentally or over a long period of time, they can seriously impact our mood, functioning and relationships in our present lives.
During traumatic events, our brains respond in ways that protect us from fully experiencing what's happening. This is a useful coping strategy for getting through an extremely stressful situation, but it can often cause those experiences to become "locked" in your nervous system, indefinitely playing out in myriad ways in the present.
You may find yourself overly agitated or inexplicably depressed; you may react strangely to certain sights, sounds or smells; you may suffer from nightmares or sleep trouble; you may have unpleasant flashbacks or intrusive thoughts. These are just some of the symptoms that can emerge after a traumatic event.
If you experience persistent and negative thoughts, feelings, sensations and beliefs that you have a hard time understanding or managing, I offer a focused treatment approach that may help.
How I help: I treat trauma through two highly effective, biology-based methods:
(1) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a simple, effective, rapid, evidenced-based therapy that can help you work through highly distressing memories and triggers for a more adaptive and fulfilling life. Often our disturbing inner experiences in the present are connected either to a highly-charged and specific upsetting event, or to a chain of memories that trace back to our early life. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation and guided conscious processing to help activate your brain's innate healing capacity and repair psychological wounds. To read more about EMDR and whether it would be right for you, click here.
(2) Somatic Therapy guides you into you using your body as a place to experience safety and wholeness, develop resources, and fully process unresolved traumatic events. Somatic techniques help you learn how to regulate your nervous system and release the trauma using your body's natural mechanisms. Note: If you are a victim of a violent crime, or have witnessed a violent crime, you may be eligible to have the cost of your therapy covered by the California Victims Compensation and Government Claims Board. Follow the link for more information.
For a free consultation, call 510-740-8024.