Pei-Chen HsuClinical Psychologist, Ph.D.
I have more than 20 years of clinical experience and I strive to provide genuine, compassionate, and evidence-based care to my clients.
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.
Is your internal dialogue filled with self-defeating stories? Stories such as "My anxiety is too severe to live a normal life" or "No one likes me, which is why I'm so depressed." Perhaps you think, "my partner no longer loves or cares about me, and it's all my fault." It's easy to believe that your life will never improve. But have you considered whether these are facts or merely the stories you tell yourself?
My clients come to me feeling stuck, overwhelmed or lost. Often, they feel like something is wrong with them because they struggle so much to figure out who they are and how to function and feel like they belong in the world and within their relationships. They struggle with anxiety, people-pleasing, and low self-esteem. Many also suffer from religious trauma/spiritual wounds that complicate their sense of self and trust in the world.