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EMDR is an evidence based therapy that utilizes eye movement and other forms of bilateral stimulation to help people reprocess traumatic events and move towards post traumatic growth. It can also be used for the little “t” traumas in life (work place anxiety, daily fears, unwanted habits, etc) to decrease present day triggers and enhance client’s performance. For more information, visit the EMDR Institute. Currently, I am pursuing EMDR Certification through the Maiberger Institute.
Being mindful is about increasing awareness of the present moment and releasing preoccupations of the past and future. By using mindful awareness in session, we notice the thoughts, actions, emotions and body sensations that arise during different life events. This awareness then opens up additional possibilities for clients to traverse instead of simply plowing forward on autopilot.
Not every woman experiences the idyllic bliss of motherhood after giving birth. In fact, 1 in 7 women experience some type of mood or anxiety disorder during pregnancy and their first year postpartum. Some women suffer from pregnancy, labor and breastfeeding complications that can leave them feeling confused, depressed, anxious, detached from themselves and others, and feeling an overall loss of who they are post baby. The good news is that with appropriate therapy and support this condition is most certainly treatable, and can actually help women learn who they authentically are as mothers.
Spiritual direction is about cultivating the art contemplative listening. This ancient practice works well with clients who are interested in discerning how the spirit is present in their lives. Within this sacred space, clients share their personal experiences and explore how their life intersects with the divine. For a more detailed explanation on the practice, see Grand Rapids Dominican Center.
Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on the relationship between emotions, thoughts, and actions during specific events in someone’s life. Through this evidence-based therapy, we explore what is specifically present in moments of stress and uncover any negative cognitions that arise in the stories that we tell ourselves. Lastly, we look at positive coping skills that can replace negative thoughts and unwanted behaviors to help people improve their quality of life.
Many people come into therapy because they are experiencing unfulfilling interpersonal relationships. It always takes “two to tango,” and yet we can only control how we respond to others. These interventions focus on mindful communication where people can learn how to ask for what they need or say “no” while preserving the quality of the relationship and their self-respect.
Bessel VanderKolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score, wrote on the importance of integrating the body in psychotherapy. His extensive research reveals that the body, along with the mind, can be impacted and changed after experiencing traumatic life events. To be fully alive and embodied, one must attend to the body and the emotions/sensations/beliefs it holds. Most therapies focus primarily on cognitive shifts and changes. While these approaches are effective, they are limited in their ability to access distress held in the body. My personal experience with the power of yoga led me into teaching yoga to others. It’s ancient ways of movement help to access and release trauma, emotions, and sensations held in the body to bring a deeper knowledge of self and embodied freedom.