At Lakewood Family Therapy, we understand the connection between your past trauma and current emotional and behavioral responses. Some people have major trauma such as the loss of a loved one, or past abuse. Others have multiple instances of minor trauma that seem to compound as the years go by. We have therapists who specialize in working with trauma using: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Lifespan Integration (LI), Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), and expressive arts therapy modalities. Our experienced, caring professionals can help you process your trauma and provide you with skills which will allow you to cope in a healthy manner and handle the associated memories.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): EMDR is a type of therapy that allows individuals to heal from the symptoms and emotional disturbances due to trauma. Part of the treatment involves eye movement (or other bilateral stimulation). Theorists believe bilateral stimulation works in a similar fashion as REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. EMDR allows the client to process internal associations as they work through disturbed thoughts or feelings in a way similar to how the brain is organizing information when we dream.
Internal Family Systems (IFS): IFS is a type of therapy which focuses on an individual’s parts of the self and endeavors to create internal harmony between these parts. Some theorists believe that when trauma occurs, an internal protective part of an individual’s personality forms. This type of therapy works to release the memories and roles that these parts are holding on to and thereby reduces the discomfort associated with traumatic memories.
Lifespan Integration (LI): Lifespan Integration is a type of therapy which integrates neural structures and firing patterns throughout the body-mind and across an individual’s lifespan. Lifespan Integration protocols include visual and sensory timeline repetition to clear trauma and build self-structure.
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART): ART is a therapeutic process derived from EMDR and also involves rapid eye movement and the processing of traumatic events. This type of therapy rapidly moves clients past where they may be stuck by using eye movements to alter the way traumatic memories are stored in the brain.
Expressive Arts Therapy: Expressive arts therapy uses an individual’s natural desire to create as a therapeutic tool to initiate change. This type of therapy draws on many types of art, such as music, poetry, visual art, theater, or dance and allows individuals to create growth and promote healing.