Intro to Body Trust Workshop

By: Jennifer DiGennaro, Professional Counseling Intern

Food restriction for weight loss, a.k.a. dieting, does not work for most people long term. Sadly, we often blame ourselves, not the "plan", when it fails. Research has shown that pursuing weight loss as a goal is flawed and restrictive diets are not sustainable. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control shared that in "both in naturalistic, longitudinal samples and in randomized controlled trials, various weight-loss efforts and strategies lead to long-term weight gain." Yes, you read that correctly, focusing on weight loss is an indicator for weight gain. (source: Do No Harm: Moving Beyond Weight Loss to Emphasize Physical Activity at Every Size: Vol. 14, April 20, 2017 www.cdc.gov). Even in light of the mounting evidence against restrictive diets, many continue to pursue them, medical providers continue to prescribe them, and the cycle of shame and self-blame continues. Why? Because the dieting mentality feeds on unconscious, or unchallenged, world views such as:

I am not good enough.
There is something wrong with me.
I need to try harder.
I can control everything.
I cannot be fat and okay.

When I began to let go of my own limiting beliefs, fully inhabit my body and heal my relationship to food and eating a veil was lifted from my eyes. I examined my own lived experience as a participant in diet culture and listened more closely to the stories of those participating in diet culture, in addition I read a ton of research illuminating the damage restrictive dieting does. I knew could not be complicit in a broken system as I counseled others. I found Intuitive Eating, a concept originally developed over two decades ago and building on that, I found Body Trust® Wellness which expands on the concept of intuitive eating and is based in five core competencies: 

     Practice weight-neutral self-care: You worthy of care exactly as you are
     Eat intuitively: Choosing to eat for and from your body
     Move your body joyfully: Physical activity supports all sized bodies
     Nurture self-compassion: Acceptance and kindness are the way
     Redefine success: Cut the ties between worth and weight

It is important to remember Body Trust and Intuitive Eating are practices, not more rules, but a gentle balancing back to listening to and trusting our bodies as well as advocating for our care.  

I have been a fully Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor since 2015 and just recently finished up an inspiring, extensive training with a dynamic therapist and dietitian duo to become a Certified Body Trust® Provider. I have tools, resources, knowledge, and hope to share with those who no longer want to participate in diet culture and the oppressive systems in place around food, bodies, and weight. This work is about choice and often involves deeply questioning our beliefs to explore where our true liberations lies. I do not claim to know where anyone else’s freedom lies, I do offer a compassionate alternative to consider.

Shame and punishment do not initiate healing; connection, compassion, and trust do. 

"I don't diet, so therefore this workshop isn’t for me, right?"

Have you heard the phrase "a wolf in sheep's clothing"? It's like the idea of "a diet in health's clothing". There are many plans, programs and lifestyles that purposely avoid the word "diet', claiming they are for "health" though they are based heavily on external cues, food restriction, and/or measuring food, often in addition to punitive exercise. The focus is health as indicated by losing weight, not on actual self-care rooted in self-trust and body trust. This is the diet mentality in disguise. Just like dieting, these plans work until they do not work and it is not your fault.

If any of this is intriguing to you, or speaks to you, please join me for an introductory workshop where together we will dive into the question: What is Body Trust?  

This interactive workshop includes:
Experiments in mindfulness and embodiment
Optional sharing

Time for Q&A
And More!

Water, tea, and light snacks will be provided.

Everyone will leave with a couple tools/resources/hand-outs. 

Come learn about the paradigm shifting, healing work of Body Trust®.

Come into your fullness. Let Body Trust® be the way. All bodies welcome

When: Sunday September 17, 2017 2PM to 4PM
Where: Mindful Counseling GR 741 Kenmoor Ave SE Suite B Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Cost: $25
To register: email jen@mindfulcounselinggr.com or call 616-446-6728
Space is limited to 12 participants

 

A Naked Guitar Stand

Just before each new year, my family gathers to celebrate. We’ve developed the tradition of dinner, a movie, and sharing goals with each other for the coming year. My Dad takes record, and when the next yearly celebration comes around, we see how far we’ve come. Around five years ago, my Dad stated that it was his goal to learn how to play guitar. I was really excited for him - especially since playing guitar is something I’ve enjoyed since childhood. A few days later, I noticed that one of my favorite guitar shops was having a major sale. I suggested to my Dad that we go take a look so I could help him make a selection. We spent about an hour in the shop and my Dad had settled on a nice mahogany acoustic. He snapped a photo of it, but didn’t wind up making the purchase. He didn’t seem ready to commit.

 

The year went by pretty quickly and it was time for our family gathering once more. Most of us had done well on our goals - but my Dad still didn’t have a guitar. So his goal remained. Actually, it still remains - even after my purchasing him a guitar stand and tuner for motivation last year. I’m not sure at this point if he’ll get closer to that goal. He’s a stubborn and super busy guy - but I don’t think that’s what is stopping him. He could certainly develop the skills. Something else is in the way.

The problem is the goal itself. It has no definition, no accountability, no way to measure success. What does it mean to learn to play guitar? Is simply learning one song required, or is he hoping to put Hendrix to shame? How will he learn to play? Will he sign up for lessons? How often will he practice? And when will he be able to satisfactorily cross that goal off the list at our family gathering? I have no idea and neither does he. His goal is not unreachable - it’s just a skeleton without a body.

So what can be done to put some meat on the bones? I occasionally use the SMART goal setting method with my clients. SMART is an acronym that helps you remember that your goals ought to be Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Time-bound. It effectively takes your goal and breaks it down into metrics for success. It’s the difference between:

  • I want to learn how to play guitar

AND

  • I will learn how to play two James Taylor songs on my acoustic guitar by December 2017

The first sounds more like a wish. The second insists that you have a guitar to practice with, zeroes in on an artist and style, and comes complete with a deadline. Not only that, but it can be broken down into more manageable steps: purchase a guitar, sign up for lessons, practice your desired songs, etc. In other words, it invokes action! This is SMART goal setting.

My dad still has a few more months to make the mark. We’re all cheering for him. And who knows … maybe I’ll get around to learning more chords on that banjo I bought six years ago.

 

Perfectly Imperfect

By: Erin Sweeney, MA, LMSW

We are all perfectly imperfect

We are all flawed and good

We all have light and darkness in us


I’m finding that many of us experience one of the following:

  1. We are blind to or deny the imperfections, flaws, the “bad” in us

  2. We are blind to or deny the “goodness” in us

We struggle to hold the tension and accept ourselves with the “good” and the “bad.”  If we accept ourselves only when we are perfect, we either end up denying the “bad” or we are discouraged and unaccepting of ourselves because we have flaws.  We might put on an illusion for others that we are perfect, and we might even put on that illusion for ourselves.  Others of us might focus solely on these imperfections, missing all of the good, becoming discouraged, and label ourselves as “bad” or “defective,” or some other untrue thing.

Sometimes, we hold onto the the “bad” parts of us in a dark and secret place, never being brave enough to let these secrets see the light.  I’ve seen this keep people feeling lonely and disconnected.  We believe, “If people saw these parts of me, they would abandon, reject, or hurt me in some way.”  What happens is we can never be fully loved, because we are never fully seen and known.  We live with a secret.  Sometimes that secret can feel like the core of who we are, when really it’s a periphery imperfection that would not seem so defining in the light.

It takes a lot of courage to hold onto the fact that we are flawed and good at the same time.  It is even braver to let someone in on the secret.  It requires a great deal of vulnerability to share the “bad” parts of us with another person.  With safe people who love us, we can experience so much love in sharing these things.  It’s possible another person will love us, flaws and all!  Then we can stop telling ourselves we have an unacceptable and unlovable part of us.  We can find acceptance of our imperfections within us.  We can find acceptance of our imperfections with ourselves and with others.  Therapy can be a great place to start being honest with yourself about these imperfections and honest with someone else who is safe.  Whether you are working on accepting the “good” and “bad” in yourself, or need to know someone else can, therapy is a great place to start.

 

 

This...AGAIN?


By: Benjamin Reisterer, MA, LPC

You know that feeling you get when you have an automatic reaction but regret it? Take a second and see if you can recall that feeling. What are the thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations it brings up for you? For me, in these situations my inner critic often pops up and begins asking leading questions like, “Why do you keep doing this when you know what it is and how it tends to show up?” I feel annoyance and some shame. My jaw clenches just a bit, my eyes widen a tad, I sigh and say, “this...AGAIN!?!” Now, however this experience tends to go for you, hold on to it until the end of this post.

A major question that often comes up early on with new clients is, “why do I do this?” or “why do I keep doing this?” The hope is often that once the “why” is understood the behavior can then be avoided or just stop altogether. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Awareness and insight are necessary, but usually they are early steps in a journey and not a final destination.

An imperfect analogy for this would be a spiral staircase and I think it works in two different ways. First, in your mind’s eye, put yourself on the staircase a few steps in. You look out over the railing and take in the view, a few steps later as you twist around the axis you look again and see a different scene. But then you take a few more steps and the first environment starts to be experienced once again. It may be a little different as the angle has changed slightly, but you’ve taken a lot of steps for a very slight shift in perspective and find yourself saying, “this...AGAIN!?!” It feels like not much progress has been made when the truth is you’re just a few turns away from reaching your destination.

Second, if you look at it from a two dimensional bird’s eye view, it would look like a person on the staircase is just going around in circles. This can often be what healing and change looks and feels like. However, once you add in a third dimension and shift your perspective, you begin to see those circles are slowly moving that person towards a desired destination.

I believe that the new perspective and/or dimension to add here is shifting from a place of judgement (this is bad, wrong, etc) to one of practice. There is much less pressure in practice as this is where we are expected to make mistakes and figure things out. In practice we can ask ourselves, “what can I learn from this seemingly similar situation? Is there anything different about it? What is the next most healthy step for me now?” and so on. In practice, as with a staircase, each step builds off of the other and it makes no real difference whether or not the path is a straight line or a spiral.

Remember that feeling I asked you to recall at the beginning? Next time you find yourself there (because you will) shift your perspective from one of judgement to one of practice and see what happens. Do you experience your emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations differently? Regardless, you’re now holding a posture where it is much easier to take that next important step in your process.

Because we are human beings, practice is often most rewarding when we do it with others. Finding a good fit in a therapist who will safely and authentically hold practice with you can be a daunting task, but many find that it is just the right next step. If you feel that having a place to “practice out loud” might be just what you need to help you move forward, I invite you to check us out!

The Myth of Happily Ever After

By: Melanie Szucs, LLMFT, LLPC

One of my favorite movie quotes come from the movie Ever After, a re-telling of the Cinderella story with Drew Barrymore and Dougray Scott. Danielle, aka Cinderella, is forced to work as a servant by her cruel stepmother after her father dies, but eventually meets the Prince. Unlike the female lead in many fairy tales, Danielle is strong and capable, fighting for herself and her friends, which is what draws the Prince’s eye to her. After many struggles, Danielle and the Prince marry. As the movie comes to a close, the narrator proclaims, “And while Cinderella and her prince did live happily ever after, the point... was that they lived.” 

As a society, we love the idea of finding the one person who will “complete us” and in whom we can find our “happily ever after.” But if the divorce rate is any indication, this idea really is just a fairy tale. Or is it? What the narrator of Ever After got, that I think so many couples miss, is that “happily ever after” doesn’t just come because the wedding day was perfect, or because you found your soulmate. It comes from living, in the day-to-day mess of dirty laundry and electric bills, or making breakfast together and taking the dog for a walk. It comes from choosing your partner every day, even when it’s hard, even when it hurts. 

So how do you choose your partner every day? 

  • Give your partner the benefit of the doubt. We have a tendency to assume the worst in someone’s actions, but often our partners do not set out to intentionally hurt us. 
  • Show fondness and admiration. Look for little ways to appreciate your partner throughout the day, or show them you care. Make their morning coffee. Send them an encouraging text. 
  • Practice good listening. Ask them open-ended questions. Try to listen without thinking about what your response will be. 
  • Engage in regular self-care. It is hard to do the dishes after a long day. It’s even harder when you’re overwhelmed and exhausted. Loving yourself will allow you to love your partner better. 
  • Remember when you first met. Instead of focusing on what you don’t like about your partner, try to remember what drew you to them in the first place. What draws you to them now?

I don’t believe in soulmates. My husband is not the “perfect match” for me and he doesn’t fulfill my every need or desire. But he is my best friend, who makes me laugh and motivates me to be more than I sometimes believe is possible. He is my best friend who quietly cleans up after a meal, or texts me how much he loves me just because. Every day I choose him and he chooses me. Not in a big “end-of-the-movie” kind of way, but in a mundane, routine, steady kind of way. To quote one of my favorite singer/songwriters, Ben Rector, “Life is not the mountaintops. It’s the walking in between and I like you walking next to me.”

Hello Critic

By: Ashleigh Munch, MA, LLPC

We all deal with it - that voice in our heads that tells us we’re just not good enough. Our inner critics show up as doubt, blame, anxiety, guilt, and self-deprecation. Some days we’re ready to lace up our boxing gloves and to knock out negative thinking. Other days we may feel that we don’t stand a chance against it.

So what do we do when the inner critic maintains all the power; when we can’t fight back? If our inner critic is going to show up, we might as well acknowledge it with curiosity. By engaging with the inner critic, you might just be able to learn that it is separate from you and that it doesn’t have that much power after all.

 

Here are a few tips for engaging your inner critic:

 

  1. Write down the messages the critic keeps repeating to you. When phrases like “I’m not good enough” or “I didn’t deserve that” show up, take note of them. Tally them. You might begin to notice patterns or recognize what mood your critic will arrive in given the circumstances.

  2. Create distance between you and your critic. This step involves adding a label those phrases in order to create a little more space between you and this voice that doesn’t belong. For instance, if the phrase “I can’t trust anyone” emerges, label it doubt. If you hear “I wish I would’ve done better,” label it disappointment. If you sense that “it’s all your fault,” is creeping in, call it guilt. Once you know what you’re dealing with, you’ve got a lot more power to respond effectively.

  3. Turn the labels into names. In order to expand the space between you and your critic, give names to what you are feeling. Get creative. Thinking about characters in movies or books that represent what you’re dealing with. For instance, maybe you name judgment “Judge Judy.” Maybe self-deprecating messages are now called “Toby Flenderson.” And when anxiety enters in, you address it as “Piglet.” Not only is this comical, it can help you unpack the reality that it is not your voice. If it has a different name, it cannot be you.


Can you imagine a dinner party where Judge Judy, Toby and Piglet all showed up? That sounds absolutely exhausting and ridiculous. I’m not sure I could stand for it. And yet, I can think of plenty of parties where I allowed judgement, self-deprecation, and anxiety hang out. Here’s the key - it’s a whole lot easier to ask someone to leave when you know their name. So get to know your inner critic. Label it. Name it. And then decide how long it gets to take up space in your head.

Potty Training

By: Molly DeHoog,MA,LLMSW

I wouldn’t even say we’re “potty training” but I do ask her every now and then and every now and then she’ll sit on the toilet and demand a chocolate chip in return. When she’s ready, it will happen, right? I actually wonder who’s less ready, her or me!? Either way, I was struck by her words the other day as we talked about the possible need to use the “older potty” (Another topic: trying not to use the phrase “big girl” so much...)

Me: Do you want to try going potty on the older potty?
Her: No. I not need to go potty.

...a few minutes later…

Her: My body does not need to go potty, Mom.
Me: Ok sis, that’s fine, just let me know when you do.

I dwelled in her words for a few minutes after that; at the way she replaced my word “you” with her words “my body”.

And I wish I would have said, “Ok sis, that’s fine, just let me know when IT does.”

I quickly started thinking of all the reasons children are brilliant and intuitive.

I want so desperately for my mind and my body to be in unison, to need and think and feel the same. But the truth is that they’re not the same, they are truly connected but not the same. My emotions take me places and so do my bones, my mind knows things and so do my muscles, my feelings feel things and so do my nerves.

What might it look like to be more mindful of this? Maybe saying, “What does my body need” instead of “What do I want”? Both are equally as important, but I would argue that we tend to listen our mental state and desires more frequently than we consider our physical state and desires.

Does my body need to be nourished? Or do I want comfort?
Am I yawning because my body needs need fresh air?
Are my anxious thoughts preventing me from sitting down?
Is it hard for me to focus because my body is full of sugar?
Does my body need to go to the bathroom and I’m not allowing it because I don’t have time?
Does my body need fresh water but I’d rather have coffee because it looks nicer?
Are my shoulders tense?
Am I sucking my stomach in?
Am I tapping my foot?
Am I squeezing my fists?
Do I have a head cold because I am too busy?
Is the pain in my back because of emotional stress?
Am I annoyed because of this person or because my shoes are too tight?
What is your body saying to you right now?
 

Remember that you are more than your head -- you are your body too.

 

 

Self Compassion

By: Erin Sweeney, MA, LMSW

“Belong to yourself.” --Sabrina Ward-Harrison

I’ve been noticing a theme lately:  it is much easier for us to show compassion to others than for ourselves.  Of course, self compassion does aid us in being truly compassionate to others.  

It seems we can make space for others.  We can absorb the emotions of others.  We can excuse others.  We can forgive others.  We can extend grace for others.  We can believe the best in others.  We can give permission for failure to others.  We can hope for the best for others.  We can advocate for others.

Why is it so much harder to do these things for ourselves?

We think things that can really hold us back: “I can’t advocate for myself, or the person I am speaking to will think badly of me or react poorly to me.  It’s fine, I’ll handle it”  or “Why can’t I get over this?  Why does this keep coming up?”  or “Why can’t I get it together?  Look at her/him.  They have it together.”  or  “I’ll never forgive myself for this.” or “I must be perfect in order to be happy.”

I find we often hold ourselves to a much more rigid way of living.  We live into an all or nothing mentality.  “I started today by eating an unhealthy breakfast, so the rest of the day is shot.  I might as well binge the rest of the day.”  It can feel like a tightrope:  “I’ve got to get my body right, my wardrobe right, my marriage right, my parenting on point, my house in order, my career in line, my savings tight…”  One slip, and we beat ourselves up.  We often abandon our goals, feeling badly about doing so.  We compare ourselves to others we see on social media, and the cycle of self criticism and uncaring continues.

Much like a child to a parent, though, we belong to ourselves.  I wonder what it would look like to resist comparing ourselves to others.    To recognize our own needs. To view our needs just as worthy as others. To use our voices to advocate for ourselves.  To approach ourselves with curiosity and wonder instead of criticism.  To forgive ourselves.  To believe the best about ourselves.  To recognize that we are more than good enough...much like a good parent would to a child.

I wonder if you would fast from your critical voice.  When you hear him/her coming at you with some of these thoughts, if you could turn away.  Could you notice what you are experiencing with curiosity?  Would you be willing to forgive yourself when you do not adhere so strictly to your goals and simply allow yourself to try again?  Could you belong to yourself?   We would love to continue to explore these questions with you and how they could change everything.

 

 

 

Don’t Kill the Messenger

By: Benjamin Reisterer, MA, LPC

Emotions are tricky. We tend to have our favorites that we pursue while also keeping a list of those we avoid at all costs. As such, our relationship to our emotions tends to be judgemental and dualistic, immediately reacting to them as either “good” or “bad” when they arrive.

Human beings are information gathering machines. This allows us to constantly refine our outlook in understanding ourselves, others, and the word. However, once we take a judgemental stance, we tend to stop collecting new information and only pay attention to data that lines up with our pre-existing conclusions. This is a common but limiting and often harmful practice.

Human beings are also messy. We cause and experience both pain and healing as we live a series of ruptures and repairs throughout our relationships and lives. There are often countless options all with countless potential outcomes that are both seen and unseen. Most of us strive to do the best we can. With this in mind, the problem with a dualistic outlook is that there is no room for gray in a nuanced world full of nuanced individuals. With a dualistic lense, everything is viewed as either good or bad, right or wrong.

If we allow ourselves to cultivate a judgemental or dualistic relationship with our emotions, we sell ourselves painfully short. There is a whole range of primary emotions and each houses an entire spectrum of secondary emotions. The reason there is such a large emotional palette to paint from is that they are meant to be messengers. They are not meant to be viewed and treated as merely “good” or “bad,” rather they are to be welcomed with attention and curiosity.

If we suspend our judgement and dualistic relationship with our emotions and instead begin to slow down and unpack the messages they bring, we open up a whole new opportunity for growth. This practice (yes, practice) is difficult. Often times the messages we receive are painful, sad, and inconvenient. They can stand in stark contrast to our hopes, desires, egos, and defense mechanisms. However, it also gives us insight into the how, why, and when of our experiences. We start to recognize what is truly beneficial and what is actually harmful. We move from “good/bad” to understanding. This engagement allows us to move into responding with intention and authenticity and away from reacting. We become more aware and alive.

So what is your relationship with your emotions? How do they show up? When do they show up? What do you do with them? How do they impact you physically? Who or what is around when they show up? Are you curious or are you judgemental? Do you know their names? Do you know what they are trying to tell you?

A relationship with a good therapist is often the most helpful thing you can do when unpacking the messages of your emotions and experiences. I’d encourage you to check out what our group of therapists have to offer and see if you feel that any of them would be a good fit for you on this journey. Additionally, I have created a resource that I hope is helpful. It is a free Android and iOS app called MetaFi, designed to help you begin to pay closer attention and cultivate a deeper relationship with your emotions and increase your self-awareness.

Before you go, I want to invite you today into a deeper relationship with your emotions. However you choose to do this, please understand that relationships take effort and an investment of time to grow. So when they next arrive on your doorstep, work to suspend judgement and welcome them with an open curiosity so you can begin to name and understand the messages they bring. This is often the first powerful step towards self-awareness and change.

What is EMDR Therapy?

By: Alicia Wilder, MA LMSW

What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. At it’s core it is an integrative therapy that uses the power of eye movement to assist people in healing negative experiences and beliefs that have not been processed successfully in the past. EMDR began as a chance observation by  founder, Francine Sharpio as one day walking through the park she observed that by moving her eyes back and forth quickly she was able to change the way she felt about certain problems and lessen the “charge” they had over her. Since that chance discovery in 1987,  it has grown into an evidence-based psychotherapy to treat multiple issues including  post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, panic disorder, grief and loss, and somatic symptoms.

How does it work?

Well, the truth is we don’t know the exact answer to that, but the dominant theory is that EMDR works in same way things are normally processed in REM sleep. During REM sleep eyes also move back and forth and help to process memories and make needed connections in the brain. According to Getting Past Your Past,, Shapiro explains, “That’s why you can go to be worried about something and wake up with a better solution.” Overall, however, the book also admits, “it’s a complex process, many elements are involved and research is ongoing.” Bessel van der Kolk corroborates this idea in his book The Body Keeps Score by stating, “While we don't know precisely how EMDR works, the same is true for Prozac. Prozac has an effect on serotonin, but whether its levels go up or down, and in which brain cells, and why this makes people feel less afraid is still unclear.” The truth is there is still much to be learned about the human brain and why the eye movement used in EMDR is effective. What we do know is that evidence has clearly shown improved outcomes with this intervention.

EMDR therapy is also rooted in the Adaptive information processing model (AIP). According to this theory much of a person’s current troubles are due to incomplete or dysfunctional processing of traumatic or disturbing events and/or adverse life experiences--and unless you grew up in a bubble you likely have some of these! We all cope with them in the best way we know how, but sometimes these experiences impair our ability to integrate them in an adaptive manner. This often leads to some of our unwanted beliefs and and behaviors that can be difficult to shake. Through accessing these traumatic or difficult memories and providing back and forth eye movement a person is able appropriately process these experiences and function in a  healthier way.

What can you expect in EMDR therapy?

An EMDR therapist has been trained in the eight phases of treatment included in the EMDR protocol. The beginning phases of the protocol include a more thorough history of the client and presenting problems that map out the symptoms or behaviors that brought you to therapy. Next a negative belief is selected to match the associated memory and the eye movements are used to process that memory. Eye movement can be done by following the therapist’s hands or a light that moves side to side. Once the memory and negative belief are processed fully  a positive belief is focused on and instilled using the eye movements as well. There is also special attention to what is happening in the body, making sure a client is able to tolerate the emotions that often come up, and ensuring the client leaves feeling calm and in control. Progress is then evaluated, and once the memory is no longer distressing the cycle can begin again for any additional memories that are in need of processing.

How will I know if EMDR can help me?

I am passionate about this intervention and continue to be encouraged by the transformative power it has had in the lives of many of my clients. It is truly a gift to use this process as a tool to help others sort through difficult experiences that have led others to feeling “stuck” for so long.

EMDR is very effective if you have any difficult memories, experienced any type of trauma, have difficult behaviors or symptoms you don’t feel you are able to manage, or are just looking for a new approach.  I encourage you to make an appointment and we can work together to identify the negative experiences that may be contributing to your current difficulties, and use the power of eye movement to help you process these in a healthy way. This will enable you to feel more in control of your symptoms, beliefs, behaviors, and ultimately give you the freedom to live in best version of you!