Everyone experiences therapy differently. I will want to get to know you and what is bringing you into therapy now and so will generally ask you several questions in the first couple of sessions. Traditional "talk therapy" or psychodyanmically oriented therapy will feel more conversational. Other forms of therapy like, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for example, may feel more directive. While some people come to each session with particular concerns they want to work on and others prefer to talk in an exploratory manner. Individual therapy will be most beneficial if we meet on a regular and consistent basis. Regardless of what form of treatment you choose, it is important that you feel safe, comfortable, and able to talk about what feels important in your life.
I am certified in Level 1 and Level 2 EMDR, Recent Critical Incidents, and Integrative Group Treatment Protocol. EMDR therapy can be provided in varying session lengths from 60 minutes sessions to 90 minutes sessions as appropriate.
Feel free to watch the following video "Healing Trauma" a Public Awareness Film for EMDR Therapy sponsored by EMDRIA to find out more.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Retraining. It is an 8 phase treatment model that has been empirically validated. Clinical studies have suggested that the eye movements produce a repetitive redirecting of attention inducing a neurological state similar to REM sleep, increasing access to less dominant areas of the brain and allows for integration of distressing memories. It is a comprehensive approach that addresses the physiological storage of memory and how that informs one's experience. EMDR facilitates processing of information that could not be processed at the time of an event.
EMDR can help :
Psychoanalysis is intensive therapy with increased frequency of sessions (as determined between patient and clinician) aimed to increase freedom and insight into unconscious material. During this type of treatment we look into both present and past experiences to become more aware of how patterns are re-enacted. The relationship between clinician and patient is an important part of making lasting change. Some patients find lying down on the couch a useful tool to increase access to thoughts and feelings, while others prefer to sit.
Psychoanalysts are individuals who already have extensive clinical experience, completed degrees as licensed mental health professionals (such as psychologists) and are continuing their education with specialized advanced post graduate training. I am currently in my final year as a candidate in psychoanalytic training, Psychoanalytic training includes several years of intensive course work, personal analysis and careful supervision from experienced analysts.
Psychoanalytic therapy is similar to psychoanalysis and based on psychoanalytic theories and practice. Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy both facilitate self exploration, increased self awareness, insight to relational patterns and widening emotional access.
Watch the following video, "Getting to the Root of the Problem" from the American Psychoanalytic Association to learn more about Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic therapy.
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