Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
Trauma can be covert or over and affects each person differently. Some may have more protective factors in place (e.g., support systems, structure) that make some of their symptoms more manageable, while others do not. All of our patients come to us with a multitude of trauma and grief issues and are desperately seeking relief from their pain and sorrow. Some have learned to cope through various addictions and aversions, while others cope via dissociation, hoarding, spending money.
EMDR IS A SOLUTION! We provide EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) with all of our patients throughout the healing process no matter what their reason for attending therapy may be. This research based therapy, developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., accesses the brain via bilateral stimulation which neutralizes emotional charges, calms the nervous system, and enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.
Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can causes intense suffering. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR Therapy sessions, our EMDR trained clinicians help patients activate their natural healing processes, increase healthy coping skills, learn how to regulate emotions, reduce urges, triggers, and cravings, and recover from trauma longterm.
Here is a video of individuals sharing personal stories of how EMDR helped them heal: EMDR Personal Stories.Video credit:Published by emdrviv. 2016.
Healing Trauma & Betrayal
Men and women most often come to us as a result of an addiction issues, aversion/avoidance issues, Post Traumatic Stress, acute trauma, or some sort of intimate betrayal. We recognize that trauma and attachment wounds are the basis of all issues and takes on many forms. Trauma also impacts each person differently. Therefore, we take a holistic approach to healing one's past or current traumas (i.e, intimate betrayal, chronic childhood neglect, shameful experiences, sexual assault, sexual, physical, and/or emotional abuse; workplace violence). Our mind, body, and spirit approach reinforces people's ability to experience life-long resiliency.
We recognize that individuals with trauma often live their trauma on a daily basis. However, more often than not, many enter therapy unaware of how much of an impact their trauma has had on their lives. Therefore, we provide a thorough clinical interview to ensure that we are able to accurately diagnose and effectively treat an individual's specific trauma(s).
Part of our assessment process may be to use one or two on-line assessment measures called the Post Traumatic Stress Index-Revised (PTSI-R) or the Inventory for Partner Attachment Stress Trauma (IPAST); the latter if there has been partner trauma. We also ask some of our clients to take the Adverse Childhood Experiences Scale (ACE), the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES), and the Multidimensional Inventory for Dissociation (MID), as well as other measures of trauma and dissociation if we deem appropriate. These tools identify various aspects of coping with childhood and adult trauma based on one's self report. They are essential in giving our clients a thorough understanding of how trauma has impacted their level of coping, as well as the ways in which they have coped that may be maladaptive. They are an important roadmap for determining our specific treatment approach, i.e., if a person is notably dissociative, we will work to assist them in learning effective tools for feeling present in their body and their surroundings before beginning any sort of trauma therapy.
MASTERING THE TRAUMA WOUND WORKBOOK
Founder Candice Christiansen’s workbook: Mastering the Trauma Wound: A Mindful Approach to Healing Trauma and Creating Healthier Relationships has helped countless individuals across the United States to navigate through their trauma using a mindful approach to trauma recovery. Her workbook can currently be purchased on Amazon, Mastering the Trauma Wound. Stay tuned! We will soon offer an online store where you can purchase it from our website! Email us to find out how you can receive your free copy today!*
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Internal Family Systems Model (IFS)
Along with using EMDR trauma therapy, we incorporate Internal Family Systems Model, developed by Richard C. Schwartz. IFS combines systems thinking contends that the mind is made up of relatively discrete subpersonalities, each with its own viewpoint and qualities. Often described as "Parts Work", this model is essential in assisting individuals in understanding their different parts and how they impact their Core Self. It is especially effective in using it when addressing various aspects of trauma particularly which parts learned to cope via being "Firefighters, Managers, or Exiles." Parts are explored and explained in detail as part of our our approach to treating both trauma and addictions.
Here is a video to Richard Schwartz explaining IFS: Internal Family Systems Model. Video credit: The Center For Leadership, published by ToniHerbineBlank. 2012.