TRAUMA AND THE SYMPTOMS ABOVE:
Many of us are unaware that nagging feelings of unexplained anxiety, apathy, depression, anger and physical symptoms such as headaches and body pain, stem from traumatic experiences. It all beings with trauma. Everyone experiences trauma. It is part of our human nature. Trauma is the root cause of where our physical, mental and emotional ailments originate from. During a traumatic event, neurobiological changes happen in our brain. Due to these changes, trauma can slowly erode our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health as we move forward. Given the brain changes that happen during a traumatic incident, trauma essentially keeps us stuck in our past and in our memory without our awareness. It leaves us unable to experience life without implicit or explicit memory which is encoded in our body and mind. Overtime, these upsetting memories manifest into symptoms such as: anxiety, depression, fear, shame, rumination, low self-esteem, sleeping problems, chronic pain, flash backs, addiction, abrupt mood swings, trouble trusting others, or co-dependency. Research on EMDR, along with other experiential models of therapy, have proven to reduce and even eliminate symptoms associated with trauma. You do not have to bear this burden of upsetting experiences in your body, mind and soul. YOU can heal from your past. YOU can live for the present. YOU can transform your life. Healing IS possible.
EMDR Therapy is specifically designed to treat and resolve symptoms of trauma, PTSD and complex PTSD. As mentioned above, trauma changes our brain neurobiologically during the time of the event. In EMDR therapy, we use eye movements to access these neuropathways that were formed during a traumatic incident. Once we begin eye movements while focusing on an image of the experience, the healing begins. The process enables you to release and reprocess any emotion, body tension, and negative thoughts and beliefs connected to it.
The change begins with YOU!
As an EMDR therapist, I follow the standardized 8 phase protocol based on the Advanced Information Processing (AIP) Model of EMDR Therapy. The 8 phases are as follows: 1. History & Treatment Planning 2. Preparation and Stabilization 3. Assessment and Target Selection 4. De-sensitization and Reprocessing of Truama (s) 5. Installation of the Positive Belief 6. Body Scan 7. Closure 8. Re-evaluation.
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Hourly fees are set in accordance to the fees stipulated by the British Columbia Association for Clinical Counselling (BCACC). If you have extended benefits, please check with your insurance provider directly to see if the cost of a Registered Clinical Counsellor or a Registered Social Worker will be covered. I do not do direct billing to insurance providers unless otherwise specified.
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