EMDR, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, is a form of therapy used to treat trauma. It is often more effective than talk therapy and is a well-known evidence-based treatment. While using bilateral movement, a person will focus on a particular distressing memory that has caused negative beliefs. Since traumatic events are not filed away as a regular memory, a person may experience intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, and nightmares.
Bilateral stimulation assists the neurophysiological system to release emotional experiences and rigid thought patterns that get “stuck” in the nervous system. EMDR reinforces the idea that each person has an innate capacity to heal when properly supported. Clients often express they feel a sense of “neutrality” and “freedom” when thinking about past events with new insights and a sense of agency.
Healing from trauma allows people to feel safe in their bodies, build trusting relationships and feel genuinely fulfilled.
I have taken additional advanced EMDR trainings to effectively treat attachment trauma, addiction, and OCD.
Do intrusive thoughts, obsessions, and compulsions impact your quality of life and hold you back from enjoying friends, family, and work? Have you tried talk therapy but found that it didn’t help?
OCD can feel like a constant battle. As much as you try, you’re unable to control the anxious thoughts that cause so much shame and fear. You may engage in time-consuming rituals that are embarrassing to talk about. Maybe you even had to stop cooking, driving or going to work. You feel like it’s affecting your ability to form close relationships and you can’t accomplish your life goals. OCD can get increasingly worse without treatment.
As an OCD therapist, we will get comfortable with each other as I learn more about your experience with OCD. Together, we can figure out your goals and formulate an appropriate treatment plan for you. The gold standard treatment for OCD is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). I incorporate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as specific EMDR protocols to treat OCD and phobias. You will quickly learn how to work with anxious thoughts and decrease compulsive behaviors.
If you experience difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up earlier than desired several nights per week, and have noticed these difficulties impact your daily functioning, you may be experiencing insomnia.
Insomnia can contribute to anxiety, problems of emotional and physical well-being, work difficulties, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia is a solution for short term and chronic sleep problems that is based on years of scientific research.
CBT-I has been shown to quickly and effectively help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep, and feel your best during the day. CBT-i helps clients understand the underlying causes of insomnia and addresses problematic beliefs about sleep and establishes an effective sleep schedule.