Power Tools for Therapy: EMDR, Hypnotherapy, and Growth in Action

What do EMDR, hypnotherapy, and growth in action (psychodrama) have in common? I consider them to be power tools in therapy, because they all share the following qualities:

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- All of them work through your inner wisdom. One of my core beliefs is that each person has the answers inside them; my job is to help you find the pathways to unlock your inner wisdom in a way that is effective for you, fits with your values, and is harmonious with your style of thinking and learning.

All of these methods integrate right and left brain activity, as well as the conscious and subconscious minds. Most people walk into my office knowing what they want to think, feel, or do. The obstacles are usually not found in the rational, linear part of the brain: they are found in the subconscious mind, which is in many ways the powerhouse of the brain. Just as the subconscious mind can hold powerful obstacles to meeting your goals, once those blocks are released, its power can be harnessed to move you towards your goals, in accordance with your conscious values and wishes.

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- In order to access both the conscious and subconscious mind at once, all of these methods work within the alpha / healing state. This state can be measured on an EEG scan. It is characterized by brainwave patterns that are slower and more synchronized than the pattern seen when engaged in busy mental activity. This is the state that you are in when you are engaged in a creative activity, daydreaming, or drifting in and out of sleep. The advantage of working in this state is that it is both active and receptive: you are conscious and aware, able to set intentions and make decisions, but also receptive and able to access the subconscious mind. This enables you to make deep, long-lasting changes at a much faster rate than is possible when doing verbal/cognitive work alone.

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