Different Therapy Options for Different People.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing and was created by Francine Sharpiro. It is a therapeutic treatment approach to help people unlock the pain of past traumas. Persons that have experienced some personal assault, whether from natural disasters, sexual abuse, war or accidents can end up being diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Past trauma can manifest itself though sleeplessness or nightmares, intrusive thoughts, denial, overeating, addiction behaviors, flashbacks, acute anxiety, anger outbursts, and feelings of fear and lack of control.
EMDR has proven to be one of the most effective forms of treating both (Big) trauma and little "t" life events. EMDR has also been able to treat persons suffering from depression, anxiety, phobias, self-esteem issues, grief work and has also been effective for performance enhancement, whether at work or in sports.
EMDR works within the Amygdala, the emotional center of the brain, where memories are stored. The belief is that when one experiences a life event or Trauma the emotional center keeps a record of it. And as a result that memory can actually seem as though the trauma is still very real some 20 or 30 years later. EMDR through bilateral stimulation desensitizes the past event through reprocessing, allowing the traumatic event to lessen and lessen. It truly is amazing to see the process of movement of a client from the heightened impact of the pain to none; it is one that encourages me as a clinician every single time.
Here at More Life Living we do offer EMDR intensives. Intensives are three-day intense focus therapy for those persons that don't have a lot of time, i.e. out of towners or persons who cannot come to weekly sessions but want to work through trauma in a more timely manner. As a trained EMDR therapist, I use EMDR with all of my clients.
So where are you in your story? For we all are in an Act of a huge drama that is unfolding daily in our lives.
Narrative Therapy created by Michael White and David Epston gives a powerful tool to help clients externalize their problems and empowers them to create a new and different ending. At its very core Narrative Therapy upholds the value of a person; it is a method of therapy that separates the person from the problem and gives the client the possibility to recreate new endings.
As the client and the therapist collaborate they are creating a preferred story line. One that allows the client to objectively look at the problem, creating a space between the person and their problem.
Here at More Life Living, each client receives a letter outlining the sessions, big decisions, changes, and how the preferred story line has unfolded or rather continues to unfold. This letter has become a great source of encouragement to many clients t continue to press forward as they create their stories.