Trauma Focused Therapy
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
EMDR uses bilateral stimulation techniques such as eye movements or tapping which stimulates both sides of the brain. When a traumatic event occurs, pieces of the trauma can remain stuck or frozen in the brain and nervous system. Bilateral stimulation helps "unlock stuck material" thereby allowing the mind and body to process the traumatic event. EMDR is often used with significant or big "T" traumas but equally can be beneficial in alleviating symptoms of general anxiety and phobias or working through little "T's" that can impact daily functioning, assist one in better managing stressors related to job, relationships, and overcoming road blocks to growth and development. Preparation includes developing resources in containment of difficult emotions and relaxation techniques.
Trauma Art Narrative Therapy (TANT)
Trauma Art Narrative Therapy is a structured cognitively oriented technique, which uses art as a modality for healing from trauma. Memories are often disconnected and fragmented in trauma. Trauma art pieces together these memories by guiding one to narrate the traumatic event through a series of sequential drawings. As one draws "snapshots" of the event, integration of the emotional and cognitive components of the brain takes place and promotes healing. Preparation for trauma work always includes establishing safe points before and after the trauma. TANT is effective with minor single incidents to major traumatic events that have had a significant impact. Artistic ability is not needed and more spontaneous drawing is most effective.
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