Anita Ribeiro-Blanchard, LMHC, Psychotherapist
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Whether it is stress, a relationship crisis, a turning point in life, or a long-standing issue, psychotherapy can shed light on it and help you find resources to manage the challenge within a safe, supportive and confidential environment.
Here are some of the issues commonly brought to therapy:
Self-fulfillment, relationship issues, anxiety and/or panic attacks, medically unexplained symptoms, depression, bereavement, career change, eating disorders, self-harming, long-term illness, divorce, mid-life crisis, parenting issues.
If you need to focus on one particular issue, a one-off consultation or a set number of sessions can help you organize your thoughts and review your goals to better approach a decision.
Changes are usually a steady process based on an initial decision that will lead to new developments, or based on a new set of circumstances to which one needs to adapt. If you are contemplating starting to exercise, quitting smoking, starting a diet, stopping a diet, enhancing your recovery, adjusting to single life or parenthood, facing an illness in the family, etc., support may be all you need to keep focused and balanced.
Dream amplification is a science, now informed by the neuroscience of sleep and trauma.
Dreams help you engage your deepest mind and figure out new directions in life with confidence. Nightmares, repetitive dreams, powerful dreams, etc., can be understood within your life context and make sense of your experience. Many people don't remember their dreams, unless the dreams are remarkable, however, it is easy to condition yourself to recall dreams if you wish to do so.
Dream work can be scheduled as sporadic sessions to discuss one or a series of dreams.
Stress & Post-Traumatic Stress
Stress can impact not only your physical health, but also your emotional life and intimate relationships. It can cause insomnia, over-eating, sexual and hormonal disorders, pain, mental fatigue, and many other symptoms. You can learn how to manage stress and how to keep using those skills consistently.
For trauma, many techniques can relieve the post-traumatic symptoms and restore normalcy after tragic accidents, incidents of domestic violence, history of sexual or physical abuse, assault, tragic losses, abandonment, etc.
EMDR and Calatonia are among those techniques, and they promote an integration of residual trauma that remained locked in the body and mind.
EMDR is a fast-paced process that usually requires ninety minutes per session, and an average of three to ten sessions to address one traumatic incident. EMDR is well researched and is considered an evidence based technique.
Some of the issues that EMDR has demonstrated to be effective on: panic attacks, complicated grief, disturbing memories, nightmares, phobias, eating disorders, performance anxiety, stress reduction, addictions, sexual and/or physical abuse, chronic pain.
For more information visit
www.emdr.org and www.emdria.org
Calatonia® is a self-regulation technique, which means that it gently brings one to a better place physically, emotionally and cognitively, before traumatic memories surface spontaneously into awareness.
It is a longer term process requiring six to twenty sessions or more to re-organize one's psychological state, depending on the complexity and duration of the issues.
However, its benefits are immediately felt and are long-standing. Calatonia® has been described in many (qualitative research) theses and dissertations in Brazil, available in Portuguese.
Calatonia® may decrease symptoms of stress, depression, insomnia, muscle tension, digestive issues not due to a medical condition, chronic fatigue, nervous tic, Tourette syndrome, fibromyalgia, polycystic ovaries, phantom limb syndrome, sleep paralysis, night terror not due to medical condition or substance abuse, medically unexplained symptoms, etc.
Information about Calatonia®: www.calatonia.org
TRAINING & WORKSHOPS
Focusing is a self-awareness technique, which is gentle and immediately effective to address physical symptoms or discomfort at a deeper level of meaning, in their emotional and cognitive roots. It is a tool that can be learnt and used regularly, alone or with a partner, with great benefits and enhanced self-knowledge.
More information about Focusing: www.focusing.org