When a disturbing event occurs, it can get lockin in the brain with the picture, sounds, thoughts, feelings and body sensations, EMDR seems to stimulate the information and allows the brain to reprocess the experience.
Automatic thoughts are what they sound like: Thoughts that a person has automatically in response to a trigger, often outside of that person's conscious awareness. Positive thoughts lead to us feeling good and negative thoughts can put us down. The negative thoughts are often irrational and harmful. An important goal during CBT will be to identify and then dismantle these thoughts, which in turn can improve your mood.
Imagine yourself in a future where everything has gone right. You’ve accomplished your goals, and as a result, you’ve become your best possible self. What would your life look like? How would you spend your time? Who would be by your side? Building a foundation of self-esteem can help gain the confidence to face problems, and begin implementing skills. I can help you learn to challenge your negative thoughts and self-talk to improve how you perceive yourself.
Depression saps a person’s energy to do just about anything—even activities they enjoy. As a result, people with depression tend to become less active, which causes the depression to worsen. When used correctly, coping skills can reduce the symptoms of depression, and improve well-being. Depending on the coping skill, they can be used during a difficult moment to quell negative thoughts, or consistently every day to gradually improve mood.
An anxiety-producing situation leads to uncomfortable symptoms such as worry, fear, a racing heart, sweating, or a feeling of being overwhelmed. We will work together to develop coping skills to help reduce the negative emotion.