Reasons individuals seek support:
Gain insight into a specific event
Process life transitions and changes
Break unhelpful and unhealthy habits
Resolve painful feelings
Increased rage, anger, or resentment
Anxious or intrusive thoughts
Benefits of therapy and coaching can include:
Guidance and recommendations
Better health and mood
Achieve specific goals with realistic steps
Improve relationships and communication
Increased mind and body connection
Resolve unhelpful patterns learned from childhood and possible trauma
Unlike therapy services, consultation services can be one-time, monthly or whenever you need additional support.
Sometimes you just need a listening ear or sounding board for your thoughts and ideas. I can provide you genuine support in how to help a loved one cope with a mental health condition or generational trauma, starting your own therapy services, integrating mindfulness or spirituality to daily life practice, starting a Private Practice, or starting your journey in decolonizing your mind and liberation.
S.A.F.E. EMDR Therapy
Somatic and Attachment Focus
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
What is EMDR therapy?
The Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) approach is a present and future-focused therapy. It is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories, and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved. It does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or completing homework between sessions. EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies. (source: emdria.org/about-emdr-therapy/)
Watch Intro to EMDR Therapy Video here (Courtesy of EMDR International Association" https://www.emdria.org)
What is the S.A.F.E EMDR approach?
Developed and founded by Deb Kennard, MS after more than 20 years of clinical practice and EMDR experience creating Personal Transformation Institute (PTI) in 2014. At PTI, the EMDR model is viewed through the lens of somatic and attachment focuses, informed by sensorimotor psychotherapy. That’s why we call this Somatic and Attachment Focus by the acronym “S.A.F.E.”
• The approach is safe because of our somatic focus: we teach and use somatic resources: exercises meant to manage affect and emotions.
• The approach is safe because of our attachment focus: we use the positive and negative aspects of a client’s Answer in order to work within their Window of Tolerance.
Can this be accomplished virtually?
Absolutely! My services are 100% virtual-based. I use a secure video platform that allows for visual and auditory bilateral stimulation. You would only need a phone, laptop, tablet, or desktop, a private space, and reliable internet connection
Do I need a mental health diagnosis to receive EMDR Therapy treatment?
Not at all. I currently work with clients that do not meet DSM-5 criteria using this approach.
EMDR therapy can help manage and resolve non-clinical limitations such as but not limited to: fear of public speaking, difficulty with setting boundaries, people-pleasing, low confidence/self-esteem, or relationship/interpersonal conflicts.
Eight Phases of EMDR Therapy Treatment
There are eight phases to EMDR therapy: initial history discovery and treatment planning, preparation, assessment, desensitization, installation, body scan, closure, and then reevaluation.
Download Eight Phases of EMDR Therapy Infographic in English
Download Eight Phases of EMDR Therapy Infographic in Spanish
Who can benefit from EMDR therapy?
EMDR therapy helps children and adults of all ages that have issues or limitations in their life that would make a positive difference if resolved.