Did you know that 85% of all visits to primary care physicians are attributed to stress and emotional issues? 85%! Yet, how often does your primary care physician talk to you about things to do to manage your stress and deal with your emotions? What I am completely convinced about is this: that if we do not heal the wounds that we continue to carry around inside of us that they will continue to sabotage our efforts to be happy and successful and capable of loving, supportive connection in our lives. Ken Wilber says it best in some ways when he warns that the shadow (all the unhealed emotional and spiritual wounding) will follow you all the way to enlightenment and back if you dont heal it.
I have combined Gestalt creativity in therapy with feminist therapy, transpersonal therapy, and now Energy Psychology and Holographic healing. The holistic approach includes the mental, spiritual, physical and emotional elements of our beings. Bringing awareness of how to balance these self components, and how to bring greater health through nutrition, meditation, exercise, yoga, energy practices, etc. potentiates the healing of which anyone is capable. The richness of this approach and its ability to help people transform life long sabotaging patterns, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, negative beliefs about self, other and the world that hold them back from authentic, successful and joyful living thrills me.
During EMDR the client attends to past and present experiences in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus. Then the client is instructed to let new material become the focus of the next set of dual attention. This sequence of dual attention and personal association is repeated many times in the session. from www.emdr.com
EMDR appears to work by alternating sensory stimulus (eye movement, touch, sound) to the brain while focusing on upsetting memories, feelings, or beliefs. The bi-lateral activation helps release the emotional and physical pain associated while increasing relaxation, inner peace and greater sense of well-being.
Alternatives to Pharmaceutical Medications
Physicians who are mostly trained now to either prescribe medication or perform surgery, have been courted and pressured by the pharmaceutical companies to prescribe you medication. Rarely will doctors refer a patient to therapy or suggest more natural means for trying to resolve emotional issues. They are not trained in emotional healing and many of them are quite uncomfortable with emotions. As one doctor I have spoken with said, they are afraid of emotions. I doubt that many of them are aware of long term side effects and may not even be aware of the increased danger to children and adolescents taking anti-depressants. Medications only mask problems, if they work at all, and they bring with them unwanted side effects. Studies suggest that anti-depressants are much less effective than people have been lead to believe. The concerns about side effects (possibility of worsening depression and suicidal/homicidal behavior) of the SSRIs is so great in Europe that they are banned from use.
I have been increasing my knowledge of alternatives to medicines commonly used to manage symptoms of psychological dis-ease. Through foods and supplements MUCH can be done to bring the body back into balance and restore healthy psychological functioning, without any of the dangerous side effects that are prevalent with psychotropic medications. Unfortunately, patients are not told enough about these side effects, so are taking dangerous drugs without their own informed consent. Did you know that one long term effect of taking SSRIs can be adrenal fatigue or exhaustion? Do you know that it takes a very long time to bring your body back to strength after adrenal fatigue? Google side effects of medications to learn more about the dangers of these medications and the kinds of supplements and foods that can help alleviate emotional distress.
The combination of these therapies and this holistic approach provides a therapeutic experience that helps you to reclaim yourself, increase self-esteem, emotional resilience, and joy in living.
To find out more, contact Diane at 330.653.5081