Style of Therapy
It can be quite distressing to watch yourself repeat the same harmful sabotaging thoughts and behaviors, and feel powerless to change them.
It can be discouraging, even depressing, to know you’re not fulfilling your real potential. You watch the same old situations keep dragging you back down, whether it’s misery at work, bad relationships, or your anxiety defeating you at the worst moments.
It’s awful to feel tense, and walk around with aches and pains.
We now understand that emotional upheavals, traumas and difficult life experiences get stored in our bodies. We unconsciously try to manage our emotional responses by locking down tight: we lock our jaw to keep from snapping at people, tense our shoulders so we don’t cry, or tighten our fists to hold the anger in when we’re mad.
And the cumulative effects add up!
We have tension we can’t explain, and no matter how much we try to exercise and eat right, we don’t feel amazing in our minds or bodies. Something feels off. These patterns perturb our sleep, our moods, our relationships and our reactions to life.
EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy reveal the origins of our self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors so we can resolve them at their root.
When therapy ignores our bodily experiences, we can only go so deep.
Sure, you can think your way through solutions to your problems. But when you’re in heightened emotion, and your body’s instinctual responses have hijacked your brain. It can be pretty hard to get yourself back down.
What we can do is begin to unravel these hiyjacking habits through moment-to-moment exploration, mindfulness, careful tracking to allow ourselves to let go of what’s holding us back.
This therapy is experiential and potentially transformative.
Even my clients who practice yoga and meditate tell me this work has connected more with their empowered selves than almost anything else. They also say this work improved their leadership and relationship skills.
Perhaps this work could help you too?