Psychotherapy : Individuals, Groups, Families, & Couples
Lindsay M. Hesser, LMFT
What is Harm Reduction?
Harm reduction originated with clean needle access programs for addicts. The idea is to approach addiction(s)/compulsive behavior(s) with the initial intent of engaging in them as safely as possible. Abstinence may or may not be the eventual outcome; it is not the main objective. The ultimate goal is to figure out how/if your addiction(s)/compulsive behavior(s) can work for you instead of against you. We will collaborate to learn how and why these patterns have become so automatic, and how to make choices to engage in them in them as safely and mindfully as possible.
What is EMDR?
EMDR is an acronym for “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.” When our brains endure trauma they often freeze around the moment of the traumatic event(s), and when triggered, they continue to send signals to our bodies that there is a present danger, even when this is not the case. EMDR is a therapeutic technique that helps our brains to understand and experience past dangers as past dangers— not present perils. This allows us to heal from previous traumatic experiences and participate more fully in our lives.
What is Somatic Psychotherapy?
Our bodies hold emotions and experiences that are too much for our psyches to tolerate. We then shape ourselves around this information, and organize ourselves in relation to gravity based on what our bodies have retained over time. Somatic psychotherapy focuses on mindfully attending to our bodies in order to understand and metabolize the information they have stored, while also learning to use our bodies as resources for articulating, processing, and soothing our emotions in the present.