Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment used to help individuals who have experienced negative life events (big or small) feel less distress surrounding them.
When you come to therapy for EMDR, we will begin by learning many different coping techniques and going through a timeline of your life.
Then, bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, tapping on your knees, or even squeezing on stress balls is used while you are asked to recall different parts of an event (both positive and negative).
Doing this, allows you to process the event (without speaking about it if you so choose) on a different level and and not be disturbed by it on a physical and emotional level any longer.
Exposure response prevention (EPR) is the gold standard of treatment for individuals diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder.
With the therapists help, you will expose yourself to the thoughts, images, and ideas that make you feel anxious. While doing this, it is important that you do not engage in compulsive behaviors.
The point of ERP is to bring on anxiety temporarily. Eventually, the anxiety will come back down and you will feel less anxious when confronted with the feared themes in the future.
While this whole process seems overwhelming, rest assured that ERP treatment is tailored to fit your individual needs and is done gradually.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an effective form of therapy used to treat various forms of emotional distress and is especially helpful for clients struggling with personality disorders or complex trauma.
DBT focuses on 4 ways to improve life skills.
Distress tolerance helps you learn how to handle intense or powerful emotions without acting on impulse.
Emotional regulation allows you to manage your emotions on a day-to-day basis, recognize our emotions, and change them if need be.
Mindfulness helps you to become aware of yourself and others. It helps you to become attentive to the here-and-now rather than the past and future.
Interpersonal effectiveness skills allows you to navigate social conflicts assertively while also being aware of your needs and the needs of others.
Sandtray therapy is a fun and creative therapeutic tool that could be used with clients of all ages.
It can often be difficult to verbalize how we are feeling. Sandtray allows you to use the sand and an array of figurines (miniatures) to express what you are going through. As Carl Jung said, "Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with invain."
While constructing a sandtray, you simply choose the miniatures you feel drawn to use and place them where you wish. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Sometimes the tray might be about a specific theme or topic. Like all aspects of therapy, it's very unique to your specific situation.
When you are done, we go over your tray and discuss what comes up. Oftentimes, you will find yourself working through your emotions and coming up with various solutions during this process.