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Counseling

Services


 

We offer many types of interventions and modalities through counseling.

All our clinicians are licensed in the state of Indiana and trained to use various approaches with each client. We also have therapists who specialize in certain areas or modes of treatment.

Our approaches to counseling include: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Thera-play, Solution-Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, System Focused Therapy, and Low Energy Nuerofeedback. 

 
 

EMDR & Trauma Support

Mindfulness & Meditation

Neurofeedback (LENS)

 
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EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a specific type of therapy originally developed to treat trauma.


 

EMDR is backed and supported by an extensive amount of research and considered evidence-based practice for trauma. This approach can be applied to a variety of clinical issues with success, even when other forms of therapy have been less impactful. EMDR is a powerful method of psychotherapy and to date, it has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress.

Negative events, such as trauma, are sometimes said to be “stuck” in the brain, resulting in symptoms and emotions that negatively impact the individual. EMDR is said to access this area of the brain, by focusing on the target problem and alternatively stimulating each side of the brain, using eye movements, sounds, or tapping. In this way, the target problem is said to be re-processed and the event becomes less distressing and problematic for the individual. EMDR allows a client to process trauma, possibly without going into graphic detail, per client preference.

Check out EMDRAA's animated video explaining what EMDR Therapy is, how it was created, and what happens in an EMDR Therapy session.

HOW DOES EMDR WORK?  

No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes “frozen in time,” and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.

EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. 

WHAT IS AN EMDR SESSION LIKE?

During EMDR, the therapist works with the client to identify a specific problem as the focus of the treatment session. The client calls to mind the disturbing issue or event, what was seen, felt, heard, thought, etc., and what thoughts and beliefs are currently held about that event. The therapist facilitates the directional movement of the eyes or other dual attention stimulation of the brain, while the client focuses on the disturbing material, and the client just notices whatever comes to mind without making any effort to control direction or content. Each person will process information uniquely, based on personal experiences and values. Sets of eye movements are continued until the memory becomes less disturbing and is associated with positive thoughts and beliefs about one’s self; for example, “I did the best I could.” During EMDR, the client may experience intense emotions, but by the end of the session, most people report a great reduction in the level of disturbance. 

HOW LONG DOES EMDR TAKE?

One or more sessions are required for the therapist to understand the nature of the problem and to decide whether EMDR is an appropriate treatment. The therapist will also discuss EMDR more fully and provide an opportunity to answer questions about the method. Once therapist and client have agreed that EMDR is appropriate for a specific problem, the actual EMDR therapy may begin.

A typical EMDR session lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. The type of problem, life circumstances, and the amount of previous trauma will determine how many treatment sessions are necessary.    EMDR may be used within a standard “talking” therapy, as an adjunctive therapy with a separate therapist, or as a treatment all by itself.

DOES EMDR REALLY WORK?

Approximately 20 controlled studies have investigated the effects of EMDR. These studies have consistently found that EMDR effectively decreases/eliminates the symptoms of post traumatic stress for the majority of clients. Clients often report improvement in other associated symptoms such as anxiety. The current treatment guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies designate EMDR as an effective treatment for post traumatic stress. EMDR was also found effective by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, the United Kingdom Department of Health, the Israeli National Council for Mental Health, and many other international health and governmental agencies. Research has also shown that EMDR can be an efficient and rapid treatment. For further references, a bibliography of research may be found through EMDR International Association's web site, www.emdria.org.

 

WHAT CAN EMDR TREAT?

Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress. However, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions: 

  • personality disorders

  • panic attacks

  • complicated grief

  • dissociative disorders

  • disturbing memories

  • phobias

  • pain disorders

  • eating disorders

  • performance anxiety

  • stress reduction

  • addictions

  • sexual and/or physical abuse

  • body dysmorphic disorders

HOW WAS EMDR DEVELOPED?

In 1987, psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro made the chance observation that eye movements can reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts, under certain conditions. Dr. Shapiro studied this effect scientifically, and in a 1989 issue of the Journal of Traumatic Stress, she reported success using EMDR to treat victims of trauma. Since then, EMDR has developed and evolved through the contributions of therapists and researchers all over the world. Today, EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.

READY TO GET STARTED?

Please call our office at 206-452-5336 or email healing@willowcenterforhealing.com to schedule your first appointment.

You will also need to complete the following and bring it with you to your first appt.

 
 
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LENS

Low Energy Neurofeedback System


If you are struggling with difficult moods and feelings, unclear or unfocused thinking, repetitive behaviors, resistant depression, panic attacks, traumatic memories or brain injury, or other mental  / emotional issues, and traditional psychotherapy has not worked for you, it could be time to investigate a new method.

LENS stands for Low Energy Neurofeedback System, and is a cutting edge advancement to the older, and less effective biofeedback tools and energy methods. Developed by northern California psychologist Len Ochs, PhD, the method is a fast-growing alternative to pharmaceutical medications for brain-based problems.  

Here is a list of some of the more common symptoms and problems improved from LENS:

  • reduce chronic anxiety

  • heal from trauma

  • gain more positive mood

  • end substance abuse

  • improve memory & focus

  • restore brain balance

  • reduce ADHD

In our center -- the only one in Fort Wayne with a certified clinician to use the LENS equipment – we have successfully decreased symptoms from the above mentioned ailments. 

How Does LENS Work?

LENS uses a very weak electro-current to change your unique brain wave patterns, similar to getting a standard EEG test. The energies used are on par with a common cell phone, and most patients feel nothing during the treatments. Those who do, report just slight pressure across the forehead, or a subtle sense of movement of energy down the legs.

For your convenience, the consent to treatment form, initial intake form, and a sensitivity questionnaire are provided here for you to download, complete and bring with you to your first appointment:

How Long Does LENS Take?

The sessions for this form of neurofeedback are extremely quick and can be incorporated into psychotherapy appointments, or done independent of counseling. The results are widely reported to be long lasting if not permanent.  Please note insurance does not cover LENS if it’s independent of counseling sessions. Those sessions would be private pay. 

Ready to Get Started?

Please call our office at 206-452-5336 or email healing@willowcenterforhealing.com to schedule an appointment.

You will also need to complete the following prior to your first LENS session

 

 

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Mindfulness & Meditation

Mindfulness in our daily lives is as vital as any other approach to wellness.


Several common applications can be used to improve our connection to our body.

We can lower blood-pressure, improve sleep, manage stress and process pain simply by learning to stop and listen to what our bodies are telling us.

Four particularly interesting perspectives on mindfulness that can be employed through our therapy approaches are:

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Each of these encourage the therapist and client to join together in exploring ways that our environment, lifestyle, trauma and upbringing impact our well-being.

Walking through breathing training, grounding exercises, mindfulness meditation and personal reflection with your therapist opens your mind up to a new understanding of self and how you relate to the world in mind, body and spirit.

READY TO GET STARTED?

Please call our office at 206-452-5336 or email healing@willowcenterforhealing.com to schedule your first appointment.

You will also need to complete the following and bring it with you to your first appt.

 
 
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