Individual psychotherapy can be an opportunity to find relief from symptoms, pain, or confusion in your life. It can also be a way to deeply grow as a person and change in ways you never believed possible.
Talk therapy is powerful, especially with consistency and commitment. Much of our work together will indeed involve talking.
However, when there are intense symptoms present, or you have seen little results from talking, sometimes we need to do more than talk.
A powerful approach I root my psychotherapy practice in is called S.A.F.E.:
Somatic and Attachment Focused Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
What does that even mean? Let me break it down a bit…
Somatic means pertaining to the body. We live in a very thinking-focused culture, we do a lot of analyzing, figuring-out, and explaining, often neglecting the body and emotions. Interestingly, emotions are felt in the body before they are named and made sense of by our thinking minds.
Our bodies are sensitive, important parts of who we are that often get left out. In our work together, we will include your body. From breathing, to moving, to letting your body be heard. Your body is wise and has much to tell us.
Attachment has to do with emotional bonds and connections between people. There is a vast body of research on this topic and how it relates to psychotherapy. To boil it down, how we show-up in the world in relationship to each other is important. It is in that space where two people meet that so much of our past, our patterns, our pain, and our ways of getting by in life can be seen and explored.
To best support you, I will foster a genuine relationship between us and will be paying attention our interaction to help me get to know you and your ways of managing in life.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR has extensive research and clinical experience validating it as an effective treatment for a wide variety of the issues that bring people to therapy. Which makes sense as it truly is an approach that brings together many effective types of therapy you may have heard of:
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) = addressing beliefs and conditioned responses/behaviors
Psychodynamic = the roots of issues stemming from the unresolved, often unconscious, past experiences playing out in the present
Experiential Therapy = working with what is happening in the here-and-now, acknowledging that healing only happens in the present moment
Hypnotic Therapies = using imagery and guided meditations to help ground, stabilize and resource
To learn more head over to What is EMDR?
As your therapist, I aim to help you create more freedom and peace in your life by helping you release painful memories, let go of limiting beliefs and more deeply accept your whole self.
Kristy Fassio Certified Body Trust Provider®, Fat Activist
Jennifer DiGennaro MA LLPC 1324 Lake Drive Suite 8 Grand Rapids, Michigan 49508