By this point in your profile surfing, I'm guessing they're all starting to sound the same. I hope you find me a little different as a therapist. In fact, I've been told I'm not very "therapist-y." Sure, I've taken some classes, read some books, and gotten some degrees, but all of that only makes me an expert in what works for me. You are the boss of you. You are the expert in your life. My role, as I see it, is to help you explore options and potential solutions and find what works for you. That's the only way change will last.
I believe that a solid therapeutic relationship is more important than any particular treatment approach in producing the best results in therapy. All you have to do is show up, be honest, be open and we'll figure it out together from there.
Try to fix you.
Give you advice.
Tell you what to do.
Pretend I know more about you than you do.
Assume what is best for you.
Have all the answers.
Make all the hard stuff go away.
Remind you that you aren't broken.
Give you room to access your own wisdom.
Support you in figuring out what to do.
Recognize that you are the expert on your own life.
Remember that only you know what is best for you.
Honor that I don't know it all.
Collaborate with you on how to make the hard stuff easier to sit with.
I am trained at the Master Level in Accelerated Resolution Therapy and am also an Accelerated Resolution Therapy Trainer. I have a special interest in helping clients move beyond trauma, build resiliency, and live full and rich lives using this innovative approach.
Learn more here: Accelerated Resolution Therapy.
Everyday, an old man walked the beach with a pail, picking up starfish that had been washed in by the tide, and throwing them back into the sea.
One day, a young boy stopped the old man and asked, "Why do you throw the starfish back? There must be thousands of beaches and millions of starfish. It won't make a difference."
The old man picked up a starfish out of his pail and threw it as far as he could into the sea and replied, "It made a difference to that one."
From The Star Thrower
By Loren Eisley
Accelerated Resolution Therapy is a technique that helps to restore mental health by changing the way distressing memories and images are stored in the brain. When we recall sad, scary, or confusing memories or situations, we experience uncomfortable emotions and feelings in our bodies. If we can change the images, we eliminate the symptoms.
It’s just that simple.
During your ART session, your therapist will guide your eyes back and forth. This is called bilateral stimulation. This technique helps calm your body and assists your brain in accessing the information or memory it wants to work on. This is called opening the reconsolidation window. You are welcome to share as much or as little about the memory as you want.
Once the brain accesses the memory or information, it has an opportunity to 'update' or 'edit' the images associated with the memory. This is called voluntary image replacement.
When the memory is reprocessed in a less distressing way, the sensations in your body will typically be more comfortable. Your brain then files this memory back in storage the way you directed it. This is called memory reconsolidation.
Your amazing brain does all these steps naturally every time you recall a memory, so the process of ART is simply guiding your brain to do the work it knows how to do!