Individual counseling is a personal opportunity to receive support and experience growth during challenging times in life. Individual counseling can help one deal with many personal topics in life such as anger, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, marriage and relationship challenges, parenting problems, school difficulties, career changes etc.
Family counseling is often sought due to a life change or stress negatively affecting one or all areas of family closeness, family structure (rules and roles) or communication style. This mode of counseling can take a variety of forms. Sometimes it is best to see an entire family together for several sessions. Common issues addressed in family counseling are concerns around parenting, sibling conflict, loss of family members, new members entering the family, dealing with a major move or a general change affecting the family system.
Every couple experiences ups and downs in their levels of closeness and harmony over time. This can range from basic concerns of stagnation to serious expressions of aggressive behavior. Marriage counseling or couples counseling can help resolve conflicts and heal wounds. Overall, couples counseling can help couples slow down their spiral and reestablish realistic expectations and goals.
Hypnosis is a state of focused attention and receptivity, which can be an extremely useful tool for individuals wishing to master certain abilities and accomplish specific tasks. Currently health care professionals and mental health specialists in assisting with a broad variety of problems and life issues most competently use it.
Hypnosis is considered to be a normal and adaptive altered state of consciousness that occurs spontaneously for many individuals throughout life. Other altered states of consciousness that regularly occur are sleep, an intense emotional involvement with an engaging movie or piece of music, eliciting changes in one's heart rate, thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and even perception of time and space.
Hypnosis at first brings on a deeply relaxed and calm state, both physically and psychologically. You will notice such physiological signs as slowed respiration, a low heart rate, warm and dry hands, and relaxed muscles. Psychologically, you may feel calm, peaceful, and may have an "empty" mind, relatively free of negative or distracting thoughts. You may also be capable of vivid imaginative experiences, which include visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, and kinesthetic components. In addition, you may experience a significant time distortion and removal from your general reality orientation (e.g., indifferent to external sounds, distracting thoughts, unpleasant physical sensations).
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
EMDR is a psychotherapy treatment that is effective for resolving emotional difficulties caused by disturbing, difficult, or frightening life experiences. When a person is traumatized, have upsetting experiences or repeated failures, they lose a sense of control over their lives. This can result in symptoms of anxiety, depression, irritability, anger, guilt, and/or behavioral problems. Events such as accidents, abuse, violence, death, and natural disasters are traumatic, but we do not always recognize the ways they effect and influence a person’s everyday life.
When an upsetting, scary or painful experience happens, sometimes the memory of the experience stays “stuck” or “frozen” in the mind and body. The experience may return in a distressing and intrusive way and the child may cope by avoiding everything associated with the upsetting experience. For example, a person who has experienced a car accident may have repeated nightmares, be fearful of trying new things, and avoid things that are associated with a car.
Most experts agree that the best way to get “unstuck” and become free from the symptoms is through exposure to the traumatic experience. This means the person will work through facing the memories or troubling events until they are no longer disturbing. Dual Attention Stimulation (DAS) refers to the use of alternating, right-left tracking that may take the form of eye movements, tones or music delivered to each ear, or tactile stimulation, such as alternating hand taps. EMDR helps resolve the troubling thoughts and feelings related to the distressing memories so that a person can return to their normal functioning and prior levels of coping. In addition, EMDR can help to strengthen feelings of confidence, calmness and mastery.
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