EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a non-invasive therapy approach in which early memories or incidents that are held in the nervous system are processed. The therapist and the client identify a difficult or traumatic memory or incident that is still impacting the client in the present and the memory or incident is then processed using eye movements. The processing of the memory allows the release of the memory and a more positive state of mind is achieved. EMDR has the potential to achieve results in much less time than it might take in “talk therapy.” The American Psychiatric Association identifies EMDR as the #1 treatment of post traumatic stress disorder. Although very effective for PTSD, EMDR is also effective for many issues including panic disorder, anxiety, depression as well as many other clinical issues
The loss of a pet can be devastating. Animals love us wholeheartedly – something that we cannot find often in human relationships. The connection between a human and an animal is profound. We feel connected and loved. Losing that relationship can be an agonizing experience and often the loss is not validated by others who simply have never had a pet or who just don’t understand the significance of the loss. The grieving process is the same as if one has lost a significant other – a spouse, a family member, a close friend. Losing a pet can result in one feeling alone and isolated – misunderstood.
EMDR can be helpful when one has lost a pet – particularly if the loss is experienced intensely as is often the case. The combination of supportive counseling and EMDR is ideal in helping the individual manage the intense grief. Another option is participating in a group specifically focused for people who have lost their beloved pets.
In addition, individuals who are dealing with illness of a pet or an aging pet often struggle with anticipatory grief. A group that consists of others in the same situation can be very helpful to lessen the anxiety that accompanies the dread of losing one’s animal.
Death is a part of life – we all know that intellectually. However, when we lose someone significant – a person or an animal who we have loved and who has loved us, we mourn. Grief is normal but we don’t have to do it alone.
Struggling with infertility is truly one of the most difficult challenges a woman can face. It seems that everyone around her seems to be having babies easily, yet she continues to struggle with no success. Infertility is not validated or discussed much in our society. Often people feel awkward with the delicate nature of the issue and this can create a feeling of isolation for the woman who needs support more than ever. In addition,often people, through their insensitivity, ask invasive questions like ” Hey, when are you going to get pregnant?” Parents who want to be grandparents can unknowingly cause additional stress and pressure.
Mind body approaches to fertility are enormously helpful to the woman who is experiencing fertility issues. In my 10 week psychoeducational program, we focus on learning deep relaxation, meditation, mindfulness and learn ways of working with negative thoughts that hold one back from living a quality life. Members of the group support one another but it is NOT a support group. Rather, this is a group that helps women go through the fertility process much easier and facilitates pregnancy as supported by much research.
Over the years, the majority of women who choose to learn and practice mind body approaches find joy once again in their lives and go on to be mothers.