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Whatever brought you here to this moment in time, whatever challenges you have faced, whatever suffering you have endured, this is the moment you can choose to turn things around for the better. A more whole, more healthy version of you is in there waiting for you to reach towards it, for you to take hold of it, and for you to pull your true self into the present reality.
What is the process like?
Therapy begins with knowing we have to change something, identifying strengths and roadblocks, and building new skills and ideas to bring about that change.
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What Informs My Practice:
I have been trained in EMDR therapy by the EMDR Institute, which is an EMDRIA certified training program founded by Francine Shapiro, the originator of EMDR therapy. I have completed 50 hours of in-depth training and 10 hours of consultation with an EMDRIA approved consultant. I have been treating clients with EMDR therapy for over 3 years.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an evidence-based therapy for reprocessing trauma, strengthening internal resources, and healing old wounds from the past. Developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the 80’s and 90’s, EMDR is becoming one of the most sought after healing modalities in the field of psychotherapy due to its efficacy and reliability as a healing practice. Using bilateral stimulation (switching sensory input between right and left sides of the body) with eye movements, tactile stimulation, or sounds, the human nervous system is able to adaptively integrate past experiences that may have negatively affected present behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. Although EMDR was originally developed for treating PTSD, it has also proven to be effective for a variety of diagnoses and conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, OCD, etc.
(Nervous system anatomy, courtesy of Colorado Community College System)
EMDR is considered a kind of “somatic therapy” in which it is assumed that both the brain and body’s neural circuitry are involved in the storage of memories. In the case of trauma or other psychological disturbance, the memories of disturbing life events from the past are maladaptively stored in an incomplete, fragmented, or non-integrated way that results in the emergence of dysfunctional behaviors, thoughts, and beliefs. PTSD is frequently accompanied by various bodily symptoms, due to the activation of the body’s survival circuitry, such as muscle tension, unexplained pain, cardiovascular activation, shallow/incomplete breathing, or unusual sensations like buzzing, spinning, pins-and-needles, or even numbness in certain parts of the body. One of the goals of EMDR is to reestablish awareness of the individual’s various senses and to reduce painful or challenging bodily sensations.
The process of EMDR therapy unfolds in multiple stages, with an emphasis on client stability and functioning during the duration of treatment. Before going into reprocessing/desensitization work, inner strengths and resources are developed. Establishing a sense of safety is a key feature of the EMDR process, by means of the “Safe/Calm State” exercise, in which the client defines a state of mind and emotions that allows them to feel grounded and calm in the present moment. Another key tool of EMDR is the Resource Development and Installation protocol. This involves slower bilateral stimulation and a focus on highlighting forgotten or neglected strengths and gifts inside the person, or developing new ones. When the client and therapist both agree that the client is ready, the reprocessing work of past woundings and trauma can begin. A container or grounding exercise is practiced at the end of each reprocessing session to establish client stability and safety between EMDR sessions. The client is also asked to keep track of changes to their thoughts, emotions, triggers, bodily sensations, and dreams or other inner visual imagery between sessions. Clients can usually expect more rapid progress and decrease of symptoms as compared to other traditional forms of psychotherapy.
While EMDR is effective and generally regarded as safe for a wide variety of conditions, it can be risky for individuals who present with high levels of dissociation or psychosis, or who may have a history of seizures. That is not to say that EMDR therapy is impossible with such individuals, but that extra care must be taken in such cases to prevent the therapy from over-activating the client’s trauma or symptoms. If you have any of the conditions previously mentioned, we can discuss options of treatment or how we can adapt the EMDR process to suit your needs in a safe way.
Benefits of EMDR Therapy: EMDR therapy offers several significant benefits to clients seeking psychotherapy:
- Effective Trauma Resolution: EMDR has been particularly successful in treating individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related conditions. It can help alleviate the emotional and psychological impact of traumatic experiences.
- Rapid Relief: EMDR therapy is often known for its relatively quick results compared to some other forms of psychotherapy. Many clients report noticeable improvements in a relatively short period.
- Minimized Reliving of Trauma: EMDR helps individuals process traumatic memories without having to relive the distressing events in detail, making it a more tolerable therapeutic approach.
- Enhanced Emotional Regulation: EMDR can help clients gain better control over their emotions, reducing emotional reactivity and promoting emotional resilience.
- Improved Self-esteem and Self-concept: As EMDR helps reprocess distressing memories and beliefs, it can lead to a more positive self-concept and increased self-esteem.
- Versatile Approach: EMDR therapy can be used to address a wide range of psychological concerns, from trauma and anxiety to depression and phobias.
I am a graduate of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and as such, I approach therapy from a transpersonal lens.
What is Transpersonal Psychology?
Transpersonal psychology is a branch of psychology that explores the spiritual and transcendent aspects of human experience. Developed in the 1960s and 1970s, transpersonal psychology emerged as a response to the limitations of traditional psychology, which often overlooked or dismissed the spiritual dimensions of human consciousness. This approach seeks to integrate the spiritual, mystical, and transcendent aspects of human experience into the study and practice of psychology.
The history of transpersonal psychology is closely tied to key figures such as Abraham Maslow, who introduced the concept of self-actualization, and Stanislav Grof, a pioneer in the study of non-ordinary states of consciousness. These early thinkers laid the groundwork for transpersonal psychology by expanding the focus of psychology beyond the personal and interpersonal to include the transpersonal, which involves experiences that go beyond the individual ego.
The core tenets of transpersonal psychology encompass a broad range of beliefs and ideas. One fundamental principle is the recognition of a higher or transcendent self, a dimension of consciousness that goes beyond the individual ego. Transpersonal psychology also emphasizes the interconnectedness of all living things and the importance of spiritual development in the quest for psychological well-being. It encourages individuals to make sense of altered states of consciousness, such as meditation, mindfulness, and psychedelic experiences, as means of accessing higher states of awareness.
In transpersonal therapy, several methods are employed to facilitate the exploration of spiritual and transcendent experiences. Meditation and mindfulness practices are frequently integrated into transpersonal therapy to promote self-awareness and spiritual growth. Additionally, guided visualization, dreamwork, and the exploration of symbolic imagery are common techniques used to tap into the rich tapestry of the unconscious mind and spiritual dimensions of the self.
Transpersonal psychology represents a holistic approach to understanding human nature, recognizing the importance of integrating spirituality and transcendent experiences into the psychological framework. It offers a unique perspective that goes beyond traditional notions of the self, acknowledging the profound impact of spiritual exploration on mental health and well-being.
Let’s explore together to see how we can find deeper meaning, connectedness, and transformation in your life.
Eco-therapy, also known as nature therapy or green therapy, is a therapeutic approach that emphasizes the connection between individuals and the natural world to promote mental and physical well-being. The roots of eco-therapy can be traced back to ancient cultures that recognized the healing power of nature. However, the formalization of eco-therapy as a therapeutic practice began in the late 20th century, with a growing awareness of the negative impact of modern urban lifestyles on mental health.
There are various ways that we can help you incorporate eco-therapy into your life. One common method in eco-therapy is horticulture therapy, which involves activities like gardening to improve mental health. Spending time in natural settings, such as forests, parks, or waterfronts, is another fundamental aspect of eco-therapy. Activities like hiking, bird watching, or simply sitting quietly in a natural environment can have profound positive effects on mental health.
Eco-therapy recognizes the reciprocal relationship between human well-being and the health of the environment. By fostering a deeper connection with nature, individuals often experience reduced stress, improved mood, and increased overall mental resilience. Physically, exposure to nature has been linked to lower blood pressure, improved immune function, and increased energy levels.
As our lives become increasingly urbanized and digitally focused, eco-therapy serves as a valuable reminder of the essential connection between humans and nature, offering a holistic approach to well-being that considers both mental and physical health.
Here are some benefits of incorporating Eco-Therapy into your treatment:
- Stress Reduction:
- Research suggests that exposure to natural environments can lead to a reduction in cortisol levels, indicating a decrease in stress. (Ulrich et al., 1991, “Stress recovery during exposure to natural and urban environments.”)
- Park and forest settings have been associated with lower perceived stress and increased well-being compared to urban environments. (Hartig et al., 2014, “Nature and health.”)
- Improved Mental Health:
- Studies have shown that interactions with nature can improve mood, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and increase overall psychological well-being. (Berman et al., 2012, “The cognitive benefits of interacting with nature.”)
- Exposure to green spaces has been linked to a lower risk of psychiatric disorders. (Gascon et al., 2015, “Mental health benefits of long-term exposure to residential green and blue spaces: A systematic review.”)
- Physical Health Benefits:
- Spending time in nature has been associated with improved cardiovascular health, including lower blood pressure and heart rate. (Hartig et al., 2003, “Tracking restoration in natural and urban field settings.”)
- Nature-based activities like gardening have been linked to improved physical health outcomes, including increased physical activity and better overall health. (Soga et al., 2017, “Gardening is beneficial for health: A meta-analysis.”)
- Attention Restoration:
- Attention restoration theory suggests that exposure to nature can replenish cognitive resources and improve attention and focus. (Kaplan, 1995, “The restorative benefits of nature: Toward an integrative framework.”)
- Social Connection:
- Participating in nature-based group activities or community gardening can foster a sense of social connectedness and community. (Maller et al., 2006, “Healthy nature healthy people: ‘Contact with nature’ as an upstream health promotion intervention for populations.”)
If you’ve had personal experiences with psychedelics and are seeking guidance and insight to integrate these experiences into your life, I am here to assist you on your journey towards healing and personal growth.
What is Psychedelic Integration Therapy? Psychedelic Integration Therapy is a unique therapeutic approach designed to help individuals process and integrate the insights and experiences gained from psychedelic journeys into their everyday lives. While I do not offer psychedelic therapy due to its current legal status, I am knowledgeable about these types of experiences and how to help individuals make sense of altered states of consciousness.
Sometimes the images, ideas, and feelings that arise during a psychedelic experience can be both awe-inspiring and confusing, transformative yet challenging. Whatever the kind of experience you had, let’s put together the pieces of the puzzle to understand what came through your journey.
Here are some important concepts we can explore in psychedelic integration therapy:
- Set and Setting: Understanding the impact of mindset and environment on psychedelic experiences is crucial. Integration explores how these factors influenced the journey.
- Mindfulness: Cultivating present-moment awareness can help you process emotions and thoughts encountered in psychedelic experiences, fostering a sense of groundedness.
- Non-judgmental Exploration: I encourage open exploration of thoughts and emotions without judgment, which allows the unraveling of complex feelings and ideas emerging from the journey.
- Symbolism and Metaphor: Psychedelic experiences often involve symbolic and metaphorical elements. Integration helps interpret and derive meaning from these symbols.
- Emotional Processing: Facilitating the expression and processing of emotions that arose during the psychedelic experience is a key aspect of integration therapy.
- Identity and Self-Discovery: Psychedelic experiences can lead to shifts in one’s sense of self. Integration helps navigate and understand these changes to move you towards a more healthy and whole identity.
- Integration Practices: Developing personalized practices, such as meditation, journaling, or artistic expression, to integrate insights from psychedelic experiences into daily life.
- Resilience Building: Helping you build resilience by learning from challenging aspects of your psychedelic experiences and applying these lessons to face life’s difficulties.
- Meaning-Making: Exploring the existential or spiritual dimensions of psychedelic experiences and helping you find greater meaning and purpose in your life.
- Safety and Self-Care: Emphasizing the importance of self-care and creating a safe environment post-psychedelic experience is crucial for ongoing well-being.
- Integration as a Process: Recognizing that integration is an ongoing process rather than a one-time event, and supporting you to continue to integrate insights over time.
If you’re seeking to harness the transformative potential of your psychedelic experiences and are looking for professional support, I am here to assist you in a safe and non-judgmental environment. I’m committed to helping you integrate these experiences into your life for lasting personal growth and well-being. Please reach out for a consultation to start your journey towards integration and healing.
Te doy la bienvenida a mi espacio dedicado a la psicoterapia, donde exploraremos juntos como podemos mejorar tu vida y tener más tranquilidad, paz, y bienestar.
Beneficios de la Terapia: La psicoterapia ofrece un camino de autodescubrimiento y crecimiento personal. Trabajar juntos puede brindarte beneficios como:
- Manejo del Estrés y la Ansiedad: Juntos encontraremos estrategias para enfrentar el estrés diario y manejar la ansiedad, construyendo un camino hacia la tranquilidad.
- Mejora de las Relaciones: Exploraremos patrones de comportamiento y desarrollaremos habilidades de comunicación para fortalecer tus relaciones personales.
- Autoconocimiento Profundo: A través de la reflexión y el diálogo, profundizaremos en tu autoconocimiento para impulsar el crecimiento personal.
- Superación de Obstáculos: Abordaremos juntos los obstáculos y desafíos, trabajando hacia la superación de experiencias difíciles.
- Curarte de su trauma pasado: Mis calificaciones y experiencia profesionales están orientadas a ayudar a los clientes que han tenido traumas a encontrar paz y aceptación para que el peso del pasado ya no defina el presente.
Accesibilidad en Español: Entiendo la importancia de la comunicación efectiva en el proceso terapéutico. Mi compromiso es ofrecerte un espacio seguro y confidencial para que te expreses libremente en español.
Cultura y Sensibilidad: Valorando la diversidad cultural, me esfuerzo por comprender tus experiencias únicas para ofrecer un tratamiento personalizado.
Terapia por Video: Si prefieres la comodidad de recibir apoyo desde casa, ofrezco sesiones virtuales para adaptarme a tu estilo de vida.
Inicia tu Viaje de Sanación: Estoy aquí para acompañarte en tu viaje hacia una vida más plena y equilibrada.
¡No dudes en contactarme para cualquier pregunta o para programar tu primera cita! Estoy emocionado de trabajar contigo hacia tu bienestar emocional.
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