Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
Sometimes our earlier attachment with our caregivers is not as positive or productive as it could have been. There are many reasons for this, such as maternal depression or other stressors including ineffective or poor parenting (e.g., physical or emotional abuse, alcoholism/other substance abuse), medical traumas (e.g., childhood hospitalizations) or economic hardships to name just a few.
Because the brain develops through interpersonal interaction, this problematic relationship affects how we perceive and experience the environment around us, including others important in our lives like spouses/partners, stepkids, biological children, friends, etc. Trying to resolve these relationship problems through traditional “talk” therapy is ineffective because it does not access the parts of the brain that contain the distressing relationship experiences.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) accesses these parts of the brain and allows us to work with these experiences. EMDR is also very useful for resolving traumas resulting from car accidents or violent crime. I am trained in EMDR and use it successfully with individuals as well as couples to resolve relationship problems.
For more information about EMDR, please visit: www.emdr.com.
Dr. David Grand developed Brainspotting, a technique related to EMDR that accesses the parts of the brain that store painful experience and relationship problems. “Brainspots” or eye positions allow us to neurobiologically locate, focus, process, and release experiences and symptoms out of reach of the conscious mind and its cognitive and verbal capacities.
According to Dr. Grand, “Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of challenging symptoms.” I have trained in Brainspotting and use it with individuals and couples struggling with relationship problems in their couple’s relationship, stepfamilies, and at work.
For more information on Brainspotting, please go to https://brainspotting.pro/.