What is psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis?
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is similar to psychoanalysis in its view that emotional difficulties are connected to one's unconscious conflicts. Psychodynamic therapy is typically more short-term than psychoanalysis, although both address how one's unconscious is contributing to current thoughts, beliefs, feelings and behaviors. This unconscious is made up of childhood experiences that get internalized, "forgotten", but are enacted repeatedly in adulthood in ways that are sometimes self-defeating or unproductive. Despite one's best efforts, one cannot discover one's unconscious without professional help. The goal of this form of therapy is to become one's own therapist by having a greater sense of insight, self-awareness, capacity for self-observation and control over one's own behaviors, experiences and thoughts.
What is cognitive behavioral therapy?
This form of therapy is focused on the distortions in those thoughts that result in maladaptive behavior and ways of relating to others. While an examination of your childhood may occur, it is not the primary focus of therapy. Instead, those thoughts that are automatic and often self-defeating or irrational are identified, challenged and modified so that you have a more realistic interpretation of what you hear and how you react to communications and behaviors within your relationships and life. Cognitive behavioral therapy ultimately helps you learn effective tools and skills that help change the way you think, feel and behave. It is a more action-oriented approach and helps you to gain competence and confidence in dealing with real-life issues.
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of treatment that was originally designed to relieve the distress associated with traumatic memories. It employs the use of bilateral stimulation to create changes in the brain that have resulted from trauma. As these brain changes occur, and the trauma is processed and resolved on a physiological level, current day problems begin to dissolve and unexpected positive changes result. To see images of brain scans conducted pre and post-EMDR, please see http://www.emdrtraining.com/files/EMDR_AmenScans.pdf.
Modalities of treatment include individual, group and family therapy, adolescents and adults.
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