Kim and Sara uses EMDR in their work with clients. EMDR was created by Francine Shapiro at first by accident! She noticed and then began to develop the technique of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing as related to the movement of the eyes side to side when we process deep or intense information. The process has been researched and revised over many years and turned into a protocol. This protocol has been shown to be most helpful in creating accelerated and lasting changes for trauma processing. The process involves bilateral stimulation of the brain, either by moving the eyes side to side while following a light or stimulus, or by tone or touch. The protocol is highly researched for the use of recovery from trauma.
In her work with clients, Kim and Sara suggest and use EMDR when trauma is impeding health or goals. Kim and Sara also use this technique when clients need help getting unstuck from a limiting belief. The process is remarkable as it produces quick change, sometimes even in the course of one treatment.
Kim actually began work in this field after her own experience using EMDR as the client in college. She is a big believer!
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centered psychotherapy technique originated by Pat Ogden and based on the research and work of leaders in the field of Neuroscience, Psychological Trauma, Development, Attachment, and Somatic Psychotherapy. The focus of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is how our body holds patterns and procedures based on our experiences and relationships. These patterns and procedures are evident in the way we hold ourselves and how we respond to stimuli with our bodies. These patterns and procedures often relate directly to beliefs we have about ourselves and the world. For example, someone with high anxiety may present with patterns of restricted and rigid body language and may withdraw quickly from intimate gestures. The work is then done to explore these patterns to allow for the missed experience to occur in the therapeutic setting to release limits one may be experiencing. This may occur in a releasing movement or one's getting in touch with the wounded child to provide a missed need that is then met in the present. The work is focused on struggles you have in the present, meaning it is not always necessary to revisit the details and story of the past. This gentle yet powerful therapy focuses on unpacking old body patterns with the inherent wisdom of one's own body and mind.
This therapy is particularly helpful with working through present effects of past trauma and abuse, as well as understanding and releasing limiting belief systems about oneself and the world (for example: "I am not good enough" or "I am too needy"). In practice, there is no touch from the therapist involved unless the client is interested in appropriate supportive touch. The focus is on mindful awareness and shifts of body states, energy, and associative psychological beliefs - meaning in these sessions we focus on what is happening in your body when you approach a belief that is impactful, then use of body awareness and energy to move through the pain and find a more adult and adaptive perspective of the belief - thus releasing the limitations associated with the trauma, body state and belief.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapy
Sara, our Registered Yoga Therapist's approach is to work with you to find a sense of power and control in your mind, body, and spirit. She works in Trauma Sensitive Yoga:
Yoga therapy is a powerful approach that allows healing from the inside out. Trauma sensitive yoga is a way to find healing for your mind, body and soul.
Trauma sensitive yoga is a gentle practice, that can be beneficial to anyone, regardless if you have a trauma history. It can be especially beneficial for those healing from PTSD, as well as survivors from abuse and domestic violence.
Trauma sensitive yoga is a practice that allows healing from the inside out. Trauma is stored internally, often deep within the body; waiting to be triggered by outside forces. We lose the ability to control and interact with the world, trapped by this internal force holding us back. Yoga is a safe way to release and overcome this negative energy stored from traumatic experiences. Grounding ourselves through a mind and body connection, we are able to live our lives to the fullest potential; unlocking the shackles of past trauma. In session you will enjoy movement, breathwork, meditation, and ritual.
Inspired by David Emerson of the Kripalu Center of Yoga and Health, this work will offer gentle yoga poses, breathwork, meditation, and empowerment of choice. This work supports you in reconnecting with your body, and empowering you to choose what feels right in the moment.
A psychospiritual approach means that we use ritual, spirituality, and intuition as part of our work with clients. We work with women to attune their highest vibration and core essence. We regularly incorporate the use of rituals such as setting intentions to source, releasing and calling in energy, moon rituals, oracle cards, smudging, and guided meditation/imagery (of course only if you are interested). Guided visioning is one of the most powerful tools clients have experienced in our work - it occurs in a state somewhere between hypnosis and meditation. We are open to all religious practices and do not follow a specific belief system. Instead, we encourage clients with spiritual beliefs to work with us towards enlightenment and support within their own religious belief system. We also offer suggestions of spiritual readings when clients are interested in exploring further.
Energy is very important to our work and we are a practice of empaths. We often work with clients on a deep level of intuition that is not verbal or conscious. We work on providing the containing, safe energetic that best creates the foundation for you to heal and grow in the way you want to.