Trauma can occur in a single event, or trauma can be experienced repeatedly over a period of time. A car accident, a physical or sexual assault, unexpected loss or natural disasters are examples of traumatic events. A child living in an abusive family exposed to parents shouting and fighting can also suffer from traumatic stress. Someone with traumatic stress may be reacting to recent events, or to events from childhood.
Traumatic experiences can adversely affect people in ways that leave them feeling on edge, upset, disconnected, out of control, and at odds with themselves and their environment. I offer the latest, effective, cutting-edge trauma therapies to help people deal with the debilitating effects of physical, psychological or developmental trauma. Each therapy is described below:
EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a method of psychotherapy that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These studies have consistently found that EMDR effectively decreases/ eliminates the symptoms of PTSD for the majority of clients, as well as alleviating other associated symptoms such as anxiety.
Remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people. Through EMDR, negative emotions, feelings and behaviors caused by unresolved earlier experiences can be reprocessed and disturbing material can be seen in a new and less distressing way.
EMDR is founded on the premise that each person has both an innate tendency to move toward health and wholeness and the inner capacity to achieve it. The goal of EMDR therapy is to leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that will lead to healthy and useful behaviors and interactions.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centered psychotherapy that is particularly helpful in working with the effects of trauma and abuse, emotional pain, and limiting belief systems. Unconscious attitudes are brought to consciousness where they can be examined, understood, and changed. This gentle therapy helps clients to process thoughts, emotions and body-based experiences related to trauma in a safe and mindful manner. By learning to pay close attention to internal experience, people can decrease symptoms and reclaim authority over their lives.
SOMATIC EXPERIENCING (SE)
The Somatic Experiencing® method is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other psychological and physical trauma-related health problems. The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.
Trauma stored in the nervous system has an opportunity to release even when trauma happened many years ago. By focusing awareness on body sensations, SE helps people become less affected by their trauma experiences rather than relive them.
Somatic Experiencing frees the body to live in the present, and restores the ability to spontaneously shift from states of tension and activation to relaxation.