Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), developed by Francine Shapiro, is a form of psychotherapy that has proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR works by unlocking the nervous system and allowing the brain to process the experience and visualize disturbing material in a new, and less distressing, way. With EMDR, the process appears accelerated. The results appear consistent, with symptoms most often completely disappearing. To date, EMDR has helped an estimated half-million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress.
(For more info, go to www.emdr.org)
Brainspotting, developed by David Grand, is a powerful form of psychotherapy that can access parts of the brain that are often hidden from our awareness. Brainspotting is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment of trauma, enhanced with bilateral sound, which is deep, direct and powerful yet focused and containing.
“I am impressed by and support the cutting edge work being done by Dr. Karol Darsa at the Reconnect Trauma Healing Center. I am honored that ‘Brainspotting’ is a premiere part of their multi-disciplined approach to resolving the underlying trauma that manifests itself in so many different ways in the lives of their clients and allows them to heal them at the deepest levels.” —David Grand, PhD. Author of Brainspotting The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change
(For more info. Go to www.brainspotting.pro)
At Reconnect, we utilize two types of somatic therapies: Somatic Experiencing, developed by Peter Levine, is a body-awareness approach to trauma currently taught throughout the world. It is based upon the realization that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of trauma. Somatic Experiencing aims to help people move past the place where they might be “stuck” in processing a traumatic event.
(For more info, go to www.traumahealing.com)
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, developed by Pat Ogden, is a somatic cognitive approach for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and attachment disturbances. It is built upon traditional psychotherapeutic techniques, but approaches the body as central in the therapeutic field of awareness.
(For more info. Go to www.sensorimotor.org)
CHRIS®-Technique (Cellular Harmonizing Reconstructive Integrative System), founded by Christine Schenk, is a technique that makes clients aware that they are two bodies: Physical Body and Energy Body. Ms. Schenk states, “Apart from the physical body, which we are able to see and touch, we have a second body, the Energy Body, with whom we share our life.” CHRIS®-Technique is especially useful in assisting traumatized people to become centered again. Most trauma patients become disassociated due to past events (e.g. near death experiences, difficult surgeries or births, or sexual/physical abuse). The disassociation happens when the Energy Body leaves the Physical Body. Many people relate to feeling as if they are watching themselves from above, or experiencing a sense of disorientation in the world. The result is continuous trauma, as the bodies are not meant to be split. Most people are connected at birth, and a trauma causes this split. A psychotherapist who is trained in this technique helps the clients to feel each body so that they may understand the difference between the Physical Body and the Energy Body. Therefore, the psychotherapist supports the client on the path of reunion of both bodies. The client experiences a sense of unity again, which is a basis for emotional, physical and energetic health.
(For more information and for the trainings offered in the USA, please go to www.christineschenk.com)
The language of visual art — colors, shapes, lines and images — speaks to us in ways which words cannot. Art therapy is a modality that uses the nonverbal language of art for personal growth, insight and transformation, and is a means of connecting what is inside us — our thoughts, feelings and perceptions — with our outer realities and life experiences. Art making can help us express fear, anxiety and other stressful emotions.
Researchers have discovered recently that traumatic experiences become encoded in the mind in the form of images, almost like a camera taking a photograph. Therefore, visual art may offer a unique way to express traumatic images, bringing them to consciousness in a less threatening way than words. Art Therapy is not about being an “artist”, (no artistic talent is needed) rather it is the willingness to express feelings and thoughts using materials such as markers, crayon, pastel, collage, and/or clay.
Neurofeedback is Brainstate Management Training, sometimes referred to as a “self-regulation” modality, that can help with a wide variety of presenting symptoms. Training with Neurofeedback helps your brain and your central nervous system communicate and execute better, dramatically reducing many presenting symptoms and thus improving your quality of life.
Neurofeeback is a safe, non-invasive, non-medication based modality that helps to alleviate the symptoms that tend to present when our systems are not functioning optimally. It can be difficult to change the patterns our brains have fallen into, Neurofeedback is a way to “re-train” your brain to perform better. It’s like going to the gym for your brain!
Many people have issues that do not respond well to medications or want to explore alternative solutions for their presenting issues, and research has proven that people with these issues have different brainwaves (EEG) than those without these issues. Using this information, Neurofeedback helps to teach the brain to get more regulated.
EFT has been described as a needleless acupuncture for the emotions. It is a form of psychological acupressure that uses a simple, gentle tapping technique instead of needles to stimulate the traditional Chinese acupuncture points. It can dramatically relieve emotional disturbances along with many physical symptoms. It often works in minutes with commonly long-lasting results, and the side-effects are almost always positive.
Mindfulness is a technique which cultivates an intentional awareness of the present moment. It helps experience life non-judgmentally, as it unfolds moment by moment, with curiosity, attention, and compassion for self and others. The practice of mindfulness can bring many benefits to your emotional and physical health, as well as to the relationships in your life. Mindfulness is an amazing tool for stress management and overall wellness because it can be used at virtually any time and can quickly bring lasting results.
All forms of Yoga have profound therapeutic physical and psychological benefits. Yoga produces anti-aging benefits by dramatically lowering stress, uplifting mood, and aiding in a more restful sleep. Countless studies have proven the physical and emotional benefits Yoga.
Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts, empowering people of all shapes and sizes by connecting body, mind, emotion and spirit. Nia encourages students to cultivate body-centered awareness, balancing form with freedom. Influenced by the grounded non-impact movement of martial arts, Nia was created to self-heal the body using music and movement.
TRE® (Tension, Stress & Trauma Release Exercise): An innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. (copied from traumaprevention.com)