Dr. Melanie GomezPsychologist, PsyD
Be an agent of change in your life so you can live it to the fullest!
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) relies on a client's own rapid, rhythmic eye movements, and is founded on the belief that these eye movements can weaken the intensity of emotionally charged memories. EMDR is most often used to treat PTSD or other traumas, but is also sometimes used for panic attacks, eating disorders, addictions, and anxiety. EMDR sessions can last up to 90 minutes, and usually starts with a client rating their level of distress. A therapist then typically moves their fingers in front of your face (or sometimes toe tapping or musical tones), asking you to follow along with your eyes, while you recall a traumatic event and all the sensations that come with it. You will gradually be guided by the therapist to shift thoughts from the traumatic experience to a more comforting one. The goal of EMDR is to make disturbing memories less immobilizing. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s EMDR specialists today.
Are you trying to heal from trauma or feeling disconnected from your partner? It's okay to not have all the answers, and seeking help is a brave step towards relief. I specialize in helping clients who had to grow up too fast, had little to no support growing up, and are now carrying painful, traumatic memories with them. If you can relate to this, please know you are not alone. It is my privilege to see my clients not just heal, but thrive as a result of our work together.
I love working with others in the helping professions such as doctors, nurses, fire fighters and other therapists. I find that interacting with the suffering of others takes an emotional toll on those who feel that they are supposed to fix it. Empathy drain and ruminating on clients after work can make it hard to focus on yourself and may even make us want to numb out. I hope to help keep the helpers working, because we certainly need them.
Feeling stuck and struggling to move forward from a relationship, job, or the death of a loved one? Or was it caused by any of the forty other losses that a person might experience such as moving, pet loss, or chronic illness? You are not alone. I help individuals move forward with new perspectives and tools that more closely align with their values and goals.