"The world breaks everyone, and afterward many are strong at the broken places." ~ Ernest Hemingway
Developed in 1987 by Dr. Francine Shapiro, Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) refers to an interactive psychotherapy technique used to relieve psychological stress.
According to the theory behind the approach, traumatic and painful memories can cause post-traumatic stress when you don’t process them completely. Then, when sights, sounds, words, or smells trigger those unprocessed memories, you re-experience them. This re-experiencing leads to the emotional distress and other symptoms recognized as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). EMDR is also useful at treating bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders and addictions.
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP - Calming the Nervous System)
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is an acoustic vagus nerve stimulator developed by Dr. Stephen Porges based on his Polyvagal Theory. The purpose of this auditory intervention is to help clients access a physiological state conducive to well-being, positive engagement with others, and growth in learning and therapy.
By helping to access this calm and grounded state, the SSP promotes a neural platform for health, growth and restoration in clients who are experiencing the following challenges:
Inattention and Focus
Behavioral Regulation and Resilience
Physical Coordination and Balance
Reading and Auditory Processing
Speech and Language
Social and emotional difficulties
Trauma and PTSD
Stressors that impact social engagement
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a modified type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others.
DBT was originally intended to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD), but it has been adapted to treat other mental health conditions. It can help people who have difficulty with emotional regulation or are exhibiting self-destructive behaviors (such as eating disorders and substance use disorders).This type of therapy is also sometimes used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Parts/"Inner Child" Work
Parts/"inner child" work holds a basic understanding that parts represent younger versions of self—this is sometimes referred to as your “inner child.” Unresolved traumatic events from childhood can be held in a young part of yourself until you have an opportunity to attend to these memories.
Attachment Based Therapies
The client-therapist relationship is based on developing or rebuilding trust and centers on expressing emotions. An attachment-based approach to therapy looks at the connection between an infant’s early attachment experiences with primary caregivers, usually with parents, and the infant’s ability to develop normally and ultimately form healthy emotional and physical relationships as an adult. Attachment-based therapy aims to build or rebuild a trusting, supportive relationship that will help prevent or treat anxiety or depression.