Talk therapy Talk therapy is what most people think of when they think of therapy. No, you will not be laying on a couch. You will be in a chair and we will be talking about the blocks you have in your life. The goal of talk therapy is to help provide insight into what is causing you to feel stuck, provide you with skills to get unstuck and help you understand ways of moving forward in your life. Talk therapy depends on creating a trusting relationship between you and the counselor, which in and of itself, can be healing. Talk therapy is the base on which the other types of therapy is built.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) EMDR is a therapy that enables people to heal from emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Studies have shown that by using EMDR, people can heal from severe emotional pain much faster than traditional psychotherapy. The mind can heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar thing happens with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves towards mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. By using EMDR, clients activate their natural healing processes.
Art Therapy Oftentimes our issues are hard to put into words. Art therapy allows a client to create a symbol (art) through kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual and symbolic activities that allow for self-expression without the need for words. Art allows the conscious mind to be bypassed and gives voice to the subconscious mind where deep insight, understanding and healing often occur.
Experiential Activities Neurobiology is showing us more clearly how connected the mind, body and spirit are. Oftentimes an emotional or mental issue is stored in the body or manifests in the body. Other times there is a disconnect between the mind, body and spirit. The goal of experiential activities is to help link the mind/body/spirit and allow for a more holistic understanding of the problem as well as a more holistic approach to healing.