I specialize in providing EMDR trauma therapy to adults struggling with symptoms related to PTSD, specifically who have experienced racial or cultural trauma, sexual trauma and/or spiritual trauma. However, EMDR is effective in addressing any mood concerns such as anxiety and depression with the goal of decreasing and eliminating the distress.
It is an evidence base intervention used only by qualified and trained clinicians to help individuals decrease stressful emotions caused by a traumatic or overwhelming experience. It is an eight-phase treatment that identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brain’s natural coping capacity, and have thereby generated traumatic symptoms and/or harmful coping strategies.
Clients report immediate relief even after the 1st session of EMDR. It is something worth experiencing because it is truly life changing.
How It Works
I lead the client in a series of lateral eye movements while the client simultaneously focuses on various aspects of a disturbing memory. During this procedure, clients tend to “process” the memory in a way that leads to a peaceful resolution. This often results in increased insight regarding both previously disturbing events and long held negative thoughts about the self. https://emdria.site-ym.com/
EMDR continues to impact the lives of many people today because it ushers in the brain’s natural ability to heal itself. Once this happens, everything else falls into place.
Experiences with racism, racial bias, police brutality, killings, micro aggressions, etc., can often cause symptoms related to PTSD for people of color, a reality that research has confirmed countless times. I help individuals of color recover from these painful experiences to help restore their humanity, dignity and worth of the person.
I address all forms of spiritual abuse using EMDR trauma therapy to help you recover from your past, rightly understand the scriptures and overall improve your spiritual health and wellness.
Here are some examples of Spiritual Abuse:
The use of spiritual truths or biblical texts to do harm is a form of spiritual abuse. Sometimes battered wives are told that God wants them to be submissive to their husbands. Sometimes children who are being molested by their parents are told that God wants them to be obedient. Sometimes people quote “do not think of yourself more highly that you ought” to suicidally or individuals experiencing depression. These are examples of abuse–even if what is said is a quote from the Bible, even if ‘submission’ and ‘obedience’ are in a general sense virtues. It is the twisting of good things in order to do harm that is so disturbing about this kind of abuse.
Coercive spirituality is a form of spiritual abuse. This is most obvious in totalitarian cults. But there are many other forms of coercion. Compulsive religious practices are thought by some to be appropriate forms of Christian education of children.
Some abuse is spiritual abuse because it invokes divine authority in order to manipulate people into performing behaviors which meet the needs of the abuser.
Some abuse is spiritual abuse because it introduces a grace-less contingency (legalism) in our relationship with God.