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“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it,

change your attitude.”

                                           

                     Maya Angelou

APPROACH TO THERAPY

You are the expert in your life.  I am simply on this journey with you to help make you make connections, identify moments of strength, gain a better understanding of yourself and offer useful strategies to help shift or reduce unwanted thoughts, feelings, sensations, etc. My commitment is to help you achieve your own personal wellness and I will work with you in a way that best meets your personal needs.

 

All of the therapeutic interventions listed below are evidence based practices and offer wonderful ways to help you release stuck problem states (physical, psychological, emotional) which no longer serve you.

 

Here are some of the areas which can be addressed:

 

  • Anxiety and panic attacks

  • Depression

  • Stress

  • Phobias

  • Complicated grief (historic, not recent loss)

  • Addictions

  • Pain relief

  • Self-esteem and performance anxiety

  • PTSD

  • Relationship challenges

 

 

 

Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT)

Like EMDR, Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT) uses eye movements (also known as

bi-lateral stimulation) to process upsetting life events (traumatic memories), quickly and 

effectively.  A client will focus briefly on a trauma memory while simultaneously

moving their eyes in a directed way by the therapist, which can effectively reduce the vividness

and the negative emotion associated with the trauma experience.

IEMT was developed by Andrew T. Austin, from Steve and Connirae Andreas' model of Eye Movement Integration.  IEMT is known as a brief change work process that often generates rapid change in the area of undesired emotional experiences as well as with identity imprints.  IEMT helps a client move more into the present while allowing them to release the emotional charge* (*unwanted thoughts, feelings, images, sensations, etc.) of past negative experiences.  

 

Andrew Austin describes IEMT "as a psychotherapy model aimed at reducing intense negative emotional states. It involves recalling a negative event while moving the eyes in specific directions, leading to a reduction in negative  emotions associated with that event or image."

The IEMT model asks two very important questions: 

 

1.  How did I learn to BE this way?

2.  How did I learn to FEEL this way?

We experience unique events throughout our lives - all of which "imprint" on us - emotionally, physically, psychologically, sexually, etc.  This can then lead to a perception of who we are, it may affect how we react to people or events and can influence how we perceive others, sometimes in a negative way.  IEMT can effectively help release stuck beliefs, feelings, sensations, etc. Unlike many other types of therapeutic modalities, clients can often resolve painful issues without ever discussing or disclosing the details of the situation.  This can be a tremendous relief for some clients.

Some possible contraindications for IEMT work.  IEMT is generally not recommended if a client experiences the following:

1.  Has had or currently has experienced a significant head injury/brain injury (i.e. concussions with ongoing symptoms).

2.  Has had or currently has experiences with seizures or epilepsy.

3.  Has had or currently has difficulties with eyes (injuries, surgeries, detached retinas), etc.

4. Has had or currently has a neurological impairment or diagnosis.

5.  Actively involved in a court case.

If you think IEMT might be the right fit for you, please feel free to contact Karen to further discuss your needs.

 For more information on IEMT visit:  https://integraleyemovementtherapy.com/

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

 

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was developed by Richard Schwartz, PhD.   According to Richard Schwartz:

“IFS is a transformative, evidence-based psychotherapy that helps people heal by accessing and loving their protective and wounded inner parts. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing. Just like members of a family, inner parts are forced from their valuable states into extreme roles within us. We also all have a core Self. Self is in everyone. It can’t be damaged. It knows how to heal.”

IFS focuses on healing the wounded parts and restoring mental balance and harmony by changing the dynamics that create difficulties or conflict between our internal parts and the Self.  This model provides an opportunity to respect, explore and understand the parts of you that have been hurt, along with the parts that help you to survive. Getting to know and support these parts allows you to connect to your own energy of healing and provide an opportunity to create inner harmony.

For more information visit:

https://ifs-institute.com/

Image Transformation Therapy (ImTT)

 

ImTT was developed by Dr. Robert Miller.  ImTT is a gentle therapy that releases the pain, fear, guilt, and/or shame of trauma and other upsetting life experiences without the person needing to intensely experience the feelings.   

 

It can also effectively target negative cognitions/beliefs (i.e., “I am not good enough”), negative stuck embedded feelings (“I feel trapped,”), feelings of grief, etc., allowing unwanted thoughts, feelings, sensations to be released from both the mind and the body leaving one feeling lighter and calmer.

 

For more information visit:

http://www.imttherapy.com/

Hypnotherapy

 

Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a wonderful, relaxed, trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration. People are in and out of trance states on a daily basis – while driving a car, watching movies or TV – any activity in which you might lose track of time or are caught up in a “flow” experience can be considered a trance state.

Hypnosis is usually done with the help of a therapist using verbal repetition and mental images. When you are engaged in a hypnotic trance, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and are more open to suggestions.  It's important to know that although you're more open to suggestion during hypnosis, your creative unconscious mind will not accept any suggestions which do not align with your values and morals.  All hypnosis is self-hypnosis – you are always in control during this process.

Hypnosis can be used to help you gain control over or change undesired behaviors or to help you cope better with anxiety, pain (emotional and physical) and other difficulties which no longer serve you.    

During Hypnosis:

  • You are not asleep - you are fully aware of all your senses while under hypnosis.

  • You are in control at all times.

  • You only say or do in hypnosis what you would normally say or do in a conscious state.

  • In hypnosis, your unconscious mind is usually very willing to respond to questions and help you resolve habits and issues that no longer serve you.

  • Hypnosis can offer you a wonderful opportunity to make changes that last, so that you might live a fuller, happier, more successful life.

  • Hypnosis does not involve mind control, magic, or unconsciousness.

  • Hypnosis is not something done to you, it is done with you – no one can force you into a hypnotic state against your will.

 

For more information visit:

Understanding the Subconscious

 

How Hypnosis Works

Traumatic Incident Reduction

 

Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) and Life Stress Reduction (LSR) are a series of techniques which have proven to be effective in addressing and resolving unwanted after effects of trauma or upsetting life events.

TIR is a client centered approach to guiding clients in addressing and releasing unwanted emotions, feelings, sensations, attitudes, etc., which might be connected to previous or current life events or relationships and which continue to cause disruption or upset in your life.

 

​These interventions can relieve emotional pain and bring clarity and comfort to a variety of difficult issues such as challenging relationships, low self-esteem, body image concerns, job/career problems, financial issues, anxiety and fear of the future, etc.  It can bring about important self-realizations and increase a positive state of mind

For more information visit:

http://www.tira.org/

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or Meridian Tapping)

EFT was developed by Gary Craig in the 1990s, based on his study of work done by Roger Callahan in Thought Field Therapy (TFT). TFT was one of the first methods in what is now called Energy Psychology. Emotional freedom technique (EFT or Meridian Tapping) is an alternative treatment to address and relieve physical pain and emotional distress.

As with acupuncture or acupressure, tapping involves the body’s energy meridian points, which are a concept in Chinese medicine.  The body’s meridian lines allow energy to flow throughout the physiological system.  Blocks or imbalances in the flow of energy lead to ill health. Using EFT tapping techniques on these meridian points with the fingertips can work toward restoring the balance of energy to resolve physical and emotional issues.

For more information visit:

Gary Craig - Official EFT Site

 

The Tapping Solution - Nick Ortner

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