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  • Writer's pictureKaren Prosen, CHt.

EMDR and Chill | A Holistic approach




Understanding EMDR

EMDR counseling helps individuals process past traumas by using a specific type of therapy called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This therapy aims to reduce distress connected to traumatic memories. The therapist guides the individual in eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation to help the brain reprocess the traumatic memories in a less distressing way. EMDR integrates well with holistic mind-body therapies to address mental health from multiple angles, promoting overall well-being.


Exploring Holistic Mind-Body Therapies

Holistic mind-body therapies aim to treat the whole person - mind, body, and spirit - rather than just focusing on individual symptoms. These therapies can include practices like yoga, breathwork, meditation, and visualization. When integrated with EMDR, these therapies can enhance the healing process by addressing emotional, physical, and even spiritual symptoms. By combining these approaches, individuals may experience improved overall wellness and a more comprehensive treatment experience.


Benefits of Integrating EMDR Consulting with Holistic Therapies

This integration can enhance the effectiveness of therapy by combining traditional EMDR techniques with holistic modalities such as yoga, meditation, and breathwork. The benefits include a more comprehensive and personalized treatment plan, improved overall wellness, and greater emotional resilience. Holistic therapies can also help strengthen the mind-body connection, promoting a deeper sense of balance and healing.

How EMDR Facilitates Healing in the Mind and Body

EMDR, is a therapy technique that helps people process traumatic memories and negative emotions. Through specific eye movements guided by a therapist, EMDR facilitates the brain's natural healing process. Some people say it feels like magic, that they can't believe the intensity of a memory has gone from a 10 to a 0. Researchers believe that this is possible through bilateral stimulation mimicking eye movements in REM sleep which is when the brain goes into a 'healing' state and promotes integration of stress.



Techniques Used in EMDR Consulting Sessions

In EMDR consulting sessions, therapists use various techniques to help clients process traumatic memories and promote healing. Here are some common techniques employed during EMDR sessions:

  • Eye Movement: Clients are guided to move their eyes rapidly from side to side while focusing on the traumatic memory.

  • Bilateral Stimulation: This involves tapping or auditory cues that alternate from one side to the other to stimulate both hemispheres of the brain.

  • Safe Place Visualization: Clients are led to imagine a safe, calming place to retreat to during distressing moments.

  • Negative Cognition: Identifying and challenging negative beliefs associated with the traumatic event.

  • Body Scan: Paying attention to physical sensations that arise during processing to connect the mind and body.

These techniques, combined with a holistic mind-body approach, can enhance the effectiveness of EMDR therapy for overall wellness and healing.

Finding the Right Practitioner for EMDR Consulting and Holistic Therapies

When looking for a practitioner for EMDR consulting and holistic therapies, it's crucial to find someone who is experienced in both areas. Ask for recommendations from trusted sources like friends, family, or healthcare professionals. Research online and read reviews to get an idea of practitioners in your area. Make sure to inquire about their specific training and experience with EMDR and holistic therapies to ensure they can provide comprehensive care tailored to your needs. Call me at 707-861-1108 to set up a free consultation to see if you are a candidate for EMDR therapy.

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