Imagine a dresser drawer overstuffed with clothes, some dirty, some clean. Every time you reach in things spill out. It is messy, unpredictable and feels miserable. Traumatic memories can be like that. They spill out unpredictably, leaving you feeling out of control and constantly in peril of being emotionally overwhelmed. EMDR has the ability to pull out the trauma, scrub the emotional debris, and put it away neatly. While no therapy is perfect, and EMDR does have risks, it can be a game changer in how or brain reprocesses and stores hard things.
Our nervous system is always surveying the environment. Below our level of awareness, all of our sensory systems are searching for signs that suggest if the world is safe or dangerous. Experienced trauma, neurodiversity, and more can inadvertently program the brain to be hyper focused on potential danger, making the world feel unsafe. The Safe and Sound Protocol uses sound to reset the nervous system and return it to safety. By simply listening to music filtered to engage the nervous system one is able to return to a previous state of safety.
Not all brains are wired the same. And guess what- that is amazing! Autism, ADHD, learning differences are normal variations in how the brain works. I work from the understanding that neurodiversity is not a disability, but being wired differently while living in systems created for sameness is painful and difficult. My counseling and coaching for neurodiversity does not focus on teaching people how to further mask their neurodiversity, but instead works to better help the neurodiverse better understand their own brains. I work to help people find comfort in their nervous systems. I enjoy helping people better understand systems of communication and connection that often go unrecognized. By understanding ourselves we are able to best advocate for our own best interest; find our own comfort. We get to prioritize our own nervious system needs avoiding overstimulation and burnout.