A person centered approach in therapy values the expertise that individuals have about their own life, and what works best for them. The therapist offers an empathetic connection with the client, draws on strengths for potential solutions to challenges, and upholds the space to express thoughts and feelings without judgement.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on thoughts, feelings and behaviors that a person experiences. The belief in this type of therapy is that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected and impact a person's quality of life and overall mental and physical health. CBT is an evidence-based treatment for anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. This therapy can help you identify maladaptive thoughts and behaviors and develop the skills to create meaningful change in your life.
Eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of therapy often used in the treatment of trauma. It is not exclusive to trauma therapy, and can be used for other mental health challenges such as anxiety, phobias, and depression.
Eye movements or another form of bilateral stimulation (BLS) such as tapping on your left and right shoulders bilaterally is a significant component to this therapy. One of the ways that EMDR is thought to be effective is by replicating the processing of memories that often occurs during REM sleep. EMDR therapy works to desensitize traumatic memories in the brain and strengthen positive memories and beliefs.
Many folks benefit greatly from EMDR and see a reduction in their trauma related or other symptoms.