The benefits to counseling with a therapist.
Over 40% of the population is or has experienced anxiety, depression and other mental health struggles. In addition, the Covid pandemic has altered all of our lives and many of us are experiencing anxiety, depression, and the impact of grief and loss. Studies show that therapy significantly reduces impact and increases healing.
Why is that? It's simple: We are not designed to navigate life alone.
We are wired for connection and going through painful events alone makes the experiences worse. In fact, did you know that research shows that when we are going through something really difficult, isolation increases trauma symptoms? This is why it is beneficial to have someone to talk with and who is there to listen. Therapy is a safe place to find that person. I understand that you might not be feeling your best self right now. I also know that your best self is in you. You have the answers and strength within you, you simply need someone to help you navigate inward to connect to it again.
There are many types of therapy, I am passionate about creating a healing journey for you by using your own resources coupled with the modalities of IFS and EMDR.
What is EMDR?
EMDR stands for: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Trauma Therapy
EMDR is a trauma treatment therapy that helps people process trauma and disturbing life experiences. The experiences of our daily life require processing which is an automatic, natural process. In fact, most of these experiences are processed effectively without us knowing. However, when something traumatic happens, it gets stuck in our brain (and bodies) and we develop triggers. Triggers reactivate the unprocessed experiences, making it seem like the trauma is presently happening. It can bring up the same feelings, images, and thoughts as it did when it first happened. Untreated, this trauma can disrupt a person's daily life for years.
That's where EMDR comes in. EMDR activates the brain's natural system of information processing in order to uncouple memories from the upsetting feelings, thoughts, and images that accompany them. That is why it is commonly used for PTSD and other developmental trauma.
What is IFS therapy?
IFS stands for: Internal Family Systems
Internal Family Systems has been around for over 30 years. It is founded on the belief that we all have a core Self and a system of inner parts that make us who we are. These parts take on roles based on what we have experienced in our lives, and like external families, sometimes our internal family system does not feel harmonious. IFS views all of our inner parts as valuable, and the goal of this therapy is to allow our core Self to help us heal in order to feel more integrated and whole. IFS can be helpful in working with any therapeutic goal.
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