Counselling can be a very effective way to deal with difficult life situations. As well as using mindfulness in sessions, I also use a variety of other ways to help such as cognitive behavioural therapy (looking at thoughts and beliefs and changing unhelpful patterns), focusing, relaxation and breathing techniques.
I tend to use a lot of EMDR particularly with post-traumatic stress disorder due to it’s effectiveness and the research findings on it’s benefits.
Sessions are normally 50 minutes and cost is $100, unless otherwise discussed. 90 minute sessions are $140.00. For an appointment, call me at 250-833-6652 and we can discuss if you would benefit from a counselling session with me.
What is EMDR and what is it used for?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a newer therapy method used principally to treat trauma and related anxiety problems. It was developed by psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro in the late 1980’s but has had many studies to prove it’s effectiveness since. Originally Dr. Shapiro thought that rapid eye movements, while a person focused on a disturbing issue, were a key factor. Now we know that auditory and tactile stimulation seem just as effective as eye movements. It is still unclear, however, why EMDR works so efficiently or what exactly is its healing mechanism. It certainly helps people process disturbing experiences faster than by just talking about them.
EMDR is an accelerated form of therapy that helps people to release ‘unfinished’ past events which get ‘stuck’ in the subconscious due to the normal trauma response of the brain & nervous system. For example, after experiencing a car crash, “Ann” (name changed) could not drive past the accident site without triggering memories of the crash and all the accompanying painful emotions that went with it. After a course of EMDR therapy, she was able to drive by and remember the indident but without being stopped in her tracks with the ‘charge’ of emotions. Everyone is different, but this is one example of how EMDR changes the way we remember trauma.
It has also been used to treat a variety of other issues. Please see the links below if you are interested in finding out more about EMDR.
- The EMDR Institute
- EMDRIA: The International EMDR Association
- EMDRAC: The Canadian EMDR Association
For more background information on counselling please go to meamescounselling.com.