Mission Counseling in Mission Viejo, counseling psychology, counseling services, couples counseling, mental health in Mission Viejo
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In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a personalized approach tailored to meet your needs to help attain the personal growth you're striving for.
I try to offer guidance as we go along and may interrupt in order to make sure you are on the right track. I offer a compassionate and listening ear, yet will direct the session so that you can stay focused on the areas you would like to change most.
EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is a treatment technique that facilitates the reprocessing of traumatic or difficult memories. Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for the treatment of tragic events, death of a loved one, post traumatic stress, phobias, panic attacks, anxiety, stress, sexual and physical abuse, disturbing memories and other such difficult life events. This type of treatment is also recommended for veterans in the U.S. (see: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/treatment/therapy-med/emdr-for-ptsd.asp).
A little different from "talk" therapy, it involves less talk. The therapist has a client move their eyes back and forth (about 18+ times), much like during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, while a difficult memory is recalled. This allows the client to access their network of memories that have become lodged in their memory system allowing the brain, body and emotions to resolve their pain simultaneously. Clients usually feel more calm, stronger and much less affected by their trigger event (e.g. a person in an auto accident who feels anxious when they pass the site of their accident, no longer feels upset). This type of therapy has been around since 1991. It is also being used in crisis situations such as helping victims or witnesses of major tragic events such a mass shootings and natural disasters so that people can more quickly move on with their lives.
Tools of the trade:
My preferred approach to helping you (theoretical orientation) is to use Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Communications, Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR. However, I will borrow from other techniques, since the right tool for a specific client is always the best policy.