Psychotherapy Services

Everyone experiences challenging life situations, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you have faced, there is nothing wrong with seeking extra support when needed. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting your current life situation and committing to making the necessary changes by seeking therapy. I feel therapy can be the bravest thing you will do and the greatest gift you can offer yourself! Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to manage triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face. 

Many therapeutic approaches can be used in psychotherapy. An approach I often use with great results is EMDR Therapy.

EMDR Therapy

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.
 

We know that when a person is very upset, his or her brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment can become “frozen in time”; remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time. Such memories have a lasting effect on the way a person sees the world and relates to other people. This effect may interfere with his or her ability to lead a happy and healthy life.
 

EMDR therapy demonstrates that the mind can heal from psychological trauma, much as the body recovers from physical trauma. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. The goal of EMDR therapy is to enable the brain to process completely the experiences that are causing problems, and to include new knowledge that is needed for full health. What is useful to the person from an experience will be learned, and stored with appropriate emotions, so the knowledge can guide the person in positive ways in the future. What is inappropriate will be discarded.
 

Using detailed EMDR protocols and procedures, clinicians can help clients activate their natural healing processes by accessing and processing disturbing memories and bringing them to an adaptive resolution. Some call it a rewiring of the brain!

 

EMDR therapy treats a range of issues, including:

  • Abuse and assaults (psychological, emotional, physical, and sexual)

  • Accidents and injuries

  • Anger

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Fears and phobias

  • Neglect and abandonment experiences

  • Pain management

  • Performance anxiety

  • Self-esteem

  • Sleep difficulties

  • Trauma and post traumatic stress

 

For further information on EMDR, please visit www.emdrcanada.org and www.emdria.org

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