Therapeutic Modalities

Listed below are the therapeutic modalities I consider to be at the core of my practice. In addition, I utilize an eclectic mix of healing modalities that are tailored to meet the needs of each client throughout the therapeutic process.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practices have become a standard of care in hospitals and mental health settings around the world. Rooted in Buddhist traditions, MBSR is an elegant and accessible practice that creates a strong foundation for emotional growth and awareness to emerge. From this state of awareness, compassion for self and others can be more frequently and directly experienced. This allows for a gentle and open approach to cognitive observation and exploration, as well as desired behavioral changes. Neuroimaging and biofeedback results consistently show that mindful practices significantly reduce the physiological stress response in the brain and body.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapeutic model that alleviates distress caused by trauma. Bilateral Stimulation (BLS) is used to activate the brain in order to process distressing cognitive, emotional, and physical symptoms that have become "stuck". BLS is simply alternating left-right stimulation of the brain and body through eye movements, sounds, hand pulses or tapping. This allows the brain to process information fully, not just through the amygdala or "fight/flight/freeze" center of the brain. 
EMDR has been extensively researched and is recognized by multiple organizations, including The World Health Organization and The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, as an effective treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). There is also a body of empirical research supporting the efficacy of EMDR therapy to treat anxiety, depression, addictions and a long list of other conditions.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

EFT utilizes self-tapping on specific acupressure/energy points throughout the body, paired with cognitive activities, to shift the brain's electrochemistry thus relieving emotional, physical and cognitive distress. The body is comprised of energy centers and pathways that affect mood, thoughts, health and physical well-being. EFT falls under the umbrella of "energy psychology" which blends Eastern disciplines such as acupuncture, yoga and qi gong with science and psychology.

 

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