"It is by going into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure."
~ Joseph Campbell
~ Joseph Campbell
Trauma & Anxiety
Trauma and anxiety can interfere with the flow and contentment in your life. I use a variety of modalities to work with obstacles so that you can return to living life instead of just coping with it. My multi-modal approach includes EMDR, Somatic Work and the Expressive Arts to facilitate phobias, various anxious behaviors, obsessions, painful memories and losses, traumatic events, future fears and other forms of distress.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing — EMDR — is an evidence-based therapy proven to be a powerful treatment for trauma, overwhelming life experiences and everyday obstacles that keep us caught in entrenched patterning. This well-researched method assists the nervous system in freeing stressful blockages and reconnecting itself to the present.
Trauma (large or small) is defined as any unfinished business that hasn't yet completed its process of moving through the body. EMDRs highly structured application of bilateral stimulation (eye movements, tones or taps ) activates the brain so it can begin to integrate trauma in a more adaptive way. Unlike traditional therapy, this technique appears to stimulate the brain's intrinsic capacity to resolve emotional and bodily distress. Anxiety and other roadblocks that were once debilitating can dissolve into ease, freedom and choice.
EMDR activates and accelerates lasting change in negative thinking patterns and core beliefs. It has also been proven effective with depression, anxiety, shame, phobias, grief and loss, panic disorders, addictions, eating disorders, medical trauma, insomnia, sexual and emotional abuse, flashbacks, nightmares, relationship issues, accidents, and performance problems .
Somatic work (body mind therapy, body-oriented psychotherapy, etc.) is a holistic form of therapy that integrates the potent connection between body, mind, emotions and spirit, exploring all these together to achieve deep healing. Somatic Psychology has a long and rich history and is primarily derived from the theories and practices of Wilhelm Reich, a psychoanalyst and student of Sigmund Freud. Since that time, it has been influenced by existential, humanistic and gestalt psychology, dance, movement and art therapy, family and systems theory, biology, neurology, and Far Eastern philosophy and spirituality.
Working somatically helps us to become aware of our bodies and the sensations we experience. Mind and body interface in a reciprocal relationship — a feedback loop of rich, immediate information.
The body's experience is primary. It acts as a trustworthy barometer for what the mind may be holding or even hiding from conscious awareness. People often say "I know better, I just can't do better!" This happens when the body and the mind are unsynchronized and our instincts overwhelm and overpower useful cognitions. Through somatic work, we reduce traumatic activation while increasing flexibility, resilience and regulation. Foundational shifts happen from the "bottom up", as opposed to the traditional "top to bottom" method.