Eye Movement Desensitization
& Reprocessing (EMDR)
& Somatic Experiencing (SE)
I integrate evidence-based modalities to fit the needs of my clients including:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Somatic Experiencing (SE)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Attachment Theory/ Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Self- regulation
Eye Movement and Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy was developed by Francine Shapiro who believed that past disturbing experiences continue to cause distress because the memories were not adequately processed. These unprocessed memories are understood to contain the emotions, thoughts, beliefs and physical sensations that occurred at the time of the event. When the memories are triggered the stored disturbing elements are experienced and cause the symptoms of PTSD.
Unlike other treatments that focus on directly altering the emotions, thoughts and responses resulting from traumatic experiences, EMDR therapy focuses directly on the memory, and is intended to change the way that the memory is stored in the brain, thus reducing and eliminating the problematic symptoms.
During EMDR therapy, I will incorporate the use of eye movements and other forms of rhythmic left-right (bilateral) stimulation (e.g., tones or taps). While clients briefly focus on the trauma memory and simultaneously experience bilateral stimulation (BLS), the vividness and emotion of the memory are reduced.
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Somatic Experiencing (SE)
Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a powerful method of overcoming trauma through the mind-body connection. SE was developed by Peter A. Levine, PHD, who first noticed that animals, whose lives are threatened in the wild, are able to recover by releasing the energy they experienced during the stressful event. Humans however may need help to regulate the nervous system and move past the place where they feel stuck in processing the traumatic event. By noticing the sensations in the body and allowing them to be felt and released we can move past unresolved or stuck energy which re-sets the mind and body allowing for the individual to move past the trauma.
“Avoiding your triggers isn’t healing. Healing happens when you’re triggered and you’re able to move through the pain, the pattern, and the story- and walk your way to different ending.”Vienna Pharaon
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Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers
8631 West 3rd Street Suite 545e Los Angeles, CA 90048