It takes courage to seek a better life and work through your story. It's my pleasure to serve, champion, and walk with you on your journey.
Counselor in Webster Groves, MO
I work with PTSD through using EMDR a research-proven technique. It is exhausting to have to look over your shoulder constantly, to be sent from 0-10 instantaneously by a sound, noise or smell. PTSD is the brains way of saying, "something is bothering me; I need to deal with this!" There is no shame in having PTSD, it's your bodies persistent and loving way of something happened and it's inviting you to take care of yourself.
I worked in a residential treatment center for two years and worked with clients with ARFID, emotional eating, anorexia, bulimia, body image dysmorphia while addressing the underlying issues of attachment, inexpressible rage, numbing of emotions, sexual and physical abuse, loneliness, inadequacy and many more.
Attachment was a foundational model in my Master's program and early on in my career, I was able to put it into regular practice while working in a residential treatment center for eating disorders. We have to be able to our full selves in relationship. We when learn that our emotions are too much for others or for others to be present we have to caretake or sacrifice our sense of self - things go ary. First we have to acknolwedge the injuries and then work towards healing.
EMDR stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing - what a mouthful! It is used to treat PTSD as well as negative core beliefs and is a research-proven tool for treatment. I am a trained and professional EMDR therapist. I use hand-held tactile, music and audio, and visual BLS (bilateral stimulation). For clients interested in EMDR I do 3-5 sessions of rapport building and history taking before beginning EMDR.