An Integrated Approach
Our relationship is built on compassion, safety, and genuine care.
I incorporate both mind and body based techniques to support overall healing.
Insight-oriented therapy involves exploring and gaining a better understanding of how events from the past may be influencing our current mindset. We often carry feelings and beliefs that no longer serve us. They negatively affect our behavior and relationships at the present time. The goal of insight-oriented therapy is to empower you with a sense of clarity, which allows you to make healthier choices moving forward.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) utilizes the brain’s natural system for healing. Disturbing life experiences create blocks in the way the brain processes information and does not properly store memories. This leads to intense symptoms such as panic attacks, obsessive thinking, and chronic pain. EMDR uses visual, auditory, or tactile rhythmic side-to-side movements to stimulate the brain and activate the disturbing memory. The goal is to reprocess the traumatic memory in order to make it less emotionally charged and overwhelming. This removes the blocks so that healing can resume, and symptoms subside.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The CBT perspective asserts depression and anxiety are caused by the way we interpret our life events, and not by the actual events themselves. This means that if we change our thinking, then this would lead to an improvement in our mood. During this therapeutic process, we examine, challenge, and work to redefine our thoughts. Healthier beliefs create more balanced emotions, which leads to more adaptive behavior patterns.
Mindfulness is a practice in which we learn to focus our attention on what is happening here and now. It is not about trying to have a blank mindset, but rather bringing awareness to whatever thoughts and ideas are currently coming up--both positive and negative. Attention to breath and bodily sensations helps to reduce mental “noise” and distress. Furthermore, we are better able to notice problematic thoughts and consciously shift toward more positive thoughts and controlled responses.
Healing doesn't mean the damage never existed. It means that the damage no longer controls our lives.