Individual therapy for adults and adolescents is a relationship between the person and the therapist. Often thoughts and feelings are brought to therapy, and here the mind alone can easily become the focus. A relational approach brings community, spirituality and body into the therapy context. For example, this may mean trying out a physical activity and then bringing back to the therapy relationship the thoughts and feelings that it brought up. The course and goals of therapy are decided between you and your therapist. You may decide to be in individual therapy for a number of reasons, such as:
Difficulty finding or maintaining meaningful relationships
Specific symptoms, such as frequent crying or feeling anxious
After a significant life event or loss
To change a career or life path
Treatment for trauma can occur in a variety of contexts and from varied treatment models. One that we utilize is EMDR.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. Developed by Francine Shapiro, EMDR allows for traumatic or upsetting experiences to be processed. Research has shown EMDR to be a safe and effective treatment for trauma.
A very important part of EMDR is preparation. When processing difficult experiences, it is essential to have a sense of safety in therapy and in your life. Ways to manage stress, soothe yourself and feel safe will be identified before EMDR begins.
You can stop EMDR at any time, even right in the middle of a session. Having control over the process can also be a part of feeling safe. EMDR is happening in the context of a relationship with your therapist, it is not happening to you, but with you and your therapist.
Supervision and Consultation
Supervision for clinicians seeking licensure is available for those seeking licensure as a psychologist or clinical social worker. If you are interested in honing your clinical skills in trauma treatment, pain management or feminist therapy, please reach out to see if we are a good match. Supervision can be individual or in a group.
Consultation for clinicians who are licensed and are seeking to increase or add skills is also available. Consultation can we as frequent as you need. Consultation can include providing clinical services, supervision and program development or management.