Our relationships, minds, and bodies are connected, and cannot be separated from each other. Body experiences – physical development, illnesses, accidents, surgeries – impact our mental and emotional functioning. Our internal world of thoughts and feelings shapes how we relate to others. Our relationships can be sources of deep security and can support physical well-being; and at the same time, our relationships can be sources of fear, stress, and isolation, leading to both physical and emotional symptoms and illnesses. Memory makes everything more complicated. Because we have memory, experiences from a very long time ago can still affect us today.
Having trained in and used many models of treatment over more than 20 years as a psychotherapist, I have consistently found Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to be the most effective and efficient way to address the whole mind-body-relationship complex and to facilitate our innate capacity for healing, helping people make lasting changes and continue to grow and thrive after therapy is over.
My work with EMDR therapy integrates a long history of working with family therapies, child and adult developmental models, cognitive-behavioral therapies, creativity, and somatic (body) psychotherapies. EMDR is rooted in the importance of relationships (including the therapy relationship) and secure attachment in all stages of life.