Holistic Mind Body Trauma Healing Using EMDR and EFT

EFT is easy, effective and produces amazing results. I think it should be taught in elementary school.
                                        ~Barbara Eden

EFT is at the forefront of the new healing movement.
~Candace Pert, author of Molecules of Emotion

The secret of the receptive must be sought in stillness; Within stillness there remains the potential for action.
                                            ~ Zhou Xuanjiing

Only when you truly inhabit your body can you begin the healing journey.
                                          ~Gabrielle Roth

Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience.  It isn't more complicated than that.  It is open to receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.
                                     ~Sylvia Boorstein

Deep listening is the essence of mindfulness.~                                             Jon Kabat-Zinn


What are the benefits of mind-body psychotherapy?

We are our mind and body and frequently we ignore the valuable information given to us through our nervous system. Mind Body psychotherapy helps to retrain our awareness and listen to sensation. Through the process of experiencing and being present to all aspects of ourselves we learn to calm ourselves through the natural ability within our body. This leads to better life choices, more optimism and creativity.

How is mind-body psychotherapy different than traditional psychotherapy?

Traditional psychotherapy or talk therapy emphasizes how you think. Mind body techniques recognize that every thought has a reaction in the body and this needs to be felt, understood, and processed. Sometimes we believe that the mind and body are separate, but thoughts affect the body and our body's health affect our thoughts.

What is Mindfulness?

When you concentrate on a focal point such as the in and out flow of the breath and this is done without agenda or judgement, you experience mindfulness.  In addition you may focus on sights, sounds and sensation to enhance your awareness.  Mindfulness helps to quiet the mind and helps to alleviate worry.

What is holistic psychotherapy?

Holistic psychotherapy describes treating the whole person and includes addressing:

  •  The mental
  •  The physical 
  •  The emotional 
  •  The  social
  •  The Spiritual aspects of the self. 

We seek to understand how we think and what we believe; this it is an excellent first step. However, when you begin to work with the nervous system and  learn how anxiety is a mind-body experience or experience how tension affects mood then a complete, holistic healing takes place. This is the goal of  integrative holistic psychotherapy.

What is Emotional Freedom Technique?

EFT is a safe and non-invasive therapy that helps calm the nervous system.  When an individual gently taps with their fingers on specific points on the face and body such as the eyebrow, side of eye, under the nose, collar bone, under the arm, top of the head, and on  ankles, people can experience quick relief. These points are meridian points that are used in the healing art of acupuncture.  EFT uses acupressure or tapping and cognition to shift emotions.  It is easy for people to use in and outside the office and can be used in conjunction with medical treatments.  Built into EFT is a method of discovering unconscious beliefs and an approach to self forgiveness.

What makes Emotional Freedom Technique beneficial?

Trauma, anxiety or stuck emotions subside very quickly with EFT. For complex trauma you may need to tap on a series of specific emotions related to the trauma.  Years of therapy may be reduced to months using EFT. It can also be used to reduce or eliminate flashbacks, heart racing, shortness of breath, sweaty palms, cravings, negative thoughts, shame, and fear.  It also works to support the nervous system and has a calming effect.  Since our lives can be "driven" and agitation and sleep difficulties can be a result, EFT helps calm the nervous system and help us to relax the body.

What is mindfulness?

How is mindfulness beneficial? 

Mindfulness teaches us how to experience calmness even if the world around us is in chaos. The part of our nervous systems that is responsible for giving us a sense of calm or relief is reached during mindfulness. It changes both brain and body chemistry. Research also indicates that mindfulness increases mental flexibility, helps us to be in touch with intuition, empathy, and strengthens the immune system. 

How is emotional empathy helpful in mind-body psychotherapy?

Emotional empathy or "attunement" is the experience of feeling seen, heard, and understood.  When we are "attuned to", we relax and know that someone else "gets us" and we are not alone. Over the years I have worked to develop my empathic abilities and can "read" a person's energy field. This allows me to intuitively know what someone needs every step of the progress.