Getting a relationship to function in tandem can, at times, appear difficult and hopeless. When a relationship is in trouble, the couple becomes overwhelmed with pain. Each partner becomes lost defending their own position; thereby, misunderstanding each other and escalating the situation. Through professional support and direction, the couple can begin unraveling the reasons for their conflict and begin their journey towards restoration and repair.
Family therapy can be very helpful in assisting families in addressing/improving effective communication, resolving conflict and enhancing relationships. During adolescence, family therapy can provide a supportive means of bridging the gap between parents and their teenagers.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is an innovative, integrative psychotherapy approach that was developed in 1989 to address unresolved trauma. Since then, EMDR has been found effective in treating anxiety/phobias, addictions, compulsive behaviors, depression, eating disorders chronic pain as well as other presenting problems. When an individual experiences disturbing event(s) or trauma they are sometimes unable to process the occurrence. The negative thoughts, emotions and physical sensations of the event get “stuck” or “frozen” in the brain. This “stuck” material oozes out causing flashbacks, general anxiety, depression or any other symptoms. EMDR works by utilizing bilateral stimulation to access the “stuck" material in the brain enabling the individual to finish processing the unresolved disturbing incident/trauma and moving the material to the front part of the brain where it originally should have been stored. EMDR has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and other issues. EMDR has been recognized as being effective for the treatment of trauma by the American Psychiatric Association, Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and International Society for Traumatic Stress.
Brainspotting is an off shoot of EMDR and was discovered by David Grand, Ph.D. in 2003. Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment that works by identifying, processing and releasing stuck material in our subcortical brain (it bypasses our “thinking brain”-neocortex) Where we look determines how we feel (it can be slight or noticeable ) and positive or negative. When accessing disturbing, stuck material by gazing at a particular spot, we activate the neural networks to release and update our mind and body.