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Collaborative Cultivation of Care

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 Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

Trauma-The Shackles Which Keep Us From Taking Flight 

Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) under Master Trainer and founder of The Center for Excellence In EMDR Therapy, Deany Laliotis, EMDR allows us to process and work through traumatic experiences from the past, in order to cultivate new thoughts and more positive cognitions about the self in the present. By confronting the traumas that we normally try to suppress and block out due to fear, shame, or guilt, we allow ourselves the opportunity to come out the other side of that experience and reprocess our minds in order to empower the self rather than continuing the patterns of avoid and repress. Though we may be able to suppress the experiences to feel better in the immediate moment, we see our traumas play out in unhealthy patterns within our relationships, our views and ideas about ourselves, and in our ability to succeed and achieve in our careers etc.

Psychodynamic Talk Therapy 

If Left Unaware, The Past Impacts the Present and Creates the Future 

In Psychodynamic Talk Therapy, we will work to understand the ways in which your past impacts your present, and ultimately creates your future if we are unaware. Throughout our lives, our experiences impact the ways in which we views ourselves in the world. Based on our experiences we develop patterns in order to survive and protect ourselves. Sometimes those patterns are positive, allowing us succeed and excel in certain aspects of our life. Sometimes those patterns are negative, and we develop unhealthy ways of coping with ourselves and the world around us. Through the process of psychodynamic therapy, we will work through your story in order to highlight those unhealthy patterns that you wish to change, and begin a process of exploration into first, the origin experience of that pattern in the past, then, the ways in which that experience has created a pattern in your present, and finally, begin to develop an awareness of the ways in which that experience and subsequent pattern may impact future decisions if conscious changes aren’t made. The goal of our psychodynamic work is to create an awareness of these unhealthy patterns in order to make better choices and defeat the opponent of our past to live a more full and satisfying present and future. 

Image by Paul Blenkhorn
Image by Paul Blenkhorn

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Tools to Combat Our Opponent Within 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is based on several core principles:

  1. Psychological problems are based, in part, on faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking

  2. Psychological problems are based, in part, on learned patterns of unhelpful behavior

  3. People suffering from psychological problems can learn better ways of coping with them, thereby relieving their symptoms and becoming more effective in their daily lives. 

In our work together, CBT is used as a final tool given to the client to combat the unhealthy or unwanted patterns that he or she is wishing to relieve themselves from. The goals of CBT are as follows: 

  1. Learning to recognize distortions in thinking that are creating problems, and then reevaluating them in light of reality 

  2. Gaining a better understanding of the behavior and motivations of others 

  3. Using problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations 

  4. Learning to develop a greater sense of confidence in one’s own abilities

Modalities: Resources
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