Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful psychotherapy approach that has helped over an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress. During EMDR, the therapist helps the client identify a specific problem as the focus. This neurologically based therapy helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. EMDR can be used to treat a variety of conditions including but not limited to post-traumatic stress, complicated grief, disturbing memories, trauma, addictions, performance anxiety, performance enhancement, and stress.
Acupuncture is a practice used in traditional Chinese medicine. This technique works with the body’s energy circulation system. At times, an energy channel can become blocked which can negatively impact well-being and health. The acupuncturist identifies the blocked areas and inserts thin needles to unblock the channel and help the energy flow freely.
Trauma yoga is a series of poses that help to release trauma from body parts that hold it. Trauma is stored in the body as a set of body sensations and emotions but without words to connect the sensations and emotions to the specific event. When triggered, clients re-experience the body sensations and emotions from the time of the trauma and this can be unbearable. Trauma yoga helps clients better tolerate their own body sensations and emotions.
Reiki is an ancient Tibetan style healing technique that is used for stress reduction and relaxation. It is based on the principle that the therapist can infuse the client with positive healing energy while also helping the client let go of negative energy which blocks healing. The infusion of positive energy naturally stimulates the client’s body to restore physical health and emotional well-being.
Psychodrama is a therapy technique in which clients participate in spontaneous role play to help illuminate an aspect of the client’s life that is just out of the client’s awareness. While watching a dramatization of part of the one’s own life, the client’s words, emotions, and physiological sensations all come together to give the client an “ah-ha moment” which brings greater awareness of self and others.
For some cultures, drumming is an ancient healing practice. When used as part of counseling, drumming can be used as sound therapy which releases tension, renews energy, and balances the client’s nervous system. While connecting the client with his or her own emotional experience, it also connects members to each other, which helps to restore physical health and mental well-being.