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Anxiety and Panic

Keeping us safe is one of our brain’s most important jobs. As it scans our surroundings, any sign of trouble will cause it to activate our bodies to deal with the threat. Whether it’s a speeding BMW approaching in the rearview mirror or an acquaintance rolling her eyes as we speak, we’re liable to notice our hearts pounding, our stomachs churning, and our muscles tensing up before we’ve even had a chance to think about what’s going on.

Then the danger passes and we heave a sigh of relief. But the brain, with its 100 trillion neural connections, doesn’t learn from the experience. The next time we’re facing a similar situation, it will have our body revved up instantly.

What if the brain and body get highly reactive, ready to jump at the least sign of danger like an over-protective parent? People have many different words for this kind of experience. Anxiety is something that everyone is familiar with. When it’s extreme it can take the form of panic attacks. Often those seem to come out of the blue.

I’m available to team up with you to come up with a plan of action. First, we can talk about things that people have often found helpful in calming their bodies down when their insides are churning. When it comes to dealing with this problem in the long run, there are many different approaches that have been useful. No two people are alike, and I’ll work closely with you to figure out what works best for you.

If you have any questions about how we deal with anxiety and panic, call me at 651–269–4937 or send me a message.

Brainspotting (BSP)

The effects of traumatic events are stored in the body. That means if we want relief, the body has to be involved in the effort.

Brainspotting (BSP) makes use of the natural phenomenon of where you look affects how you feel through its use of relevant eye positions. Together, the therapist and client pair a fixed eye and body position to an unresolved issue. This rapid, highly effective mind/body centered therapy technique appears to go beyond the cognitive awareness and connects one to their body’s innate wisdom to heal itself.

Why would this kind of thing relieve stress symptoms that may go back years or decades? We don’t know. Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms.

When the processing of a troublesome memory with Brainspotting is completed, people may discover, often to their own amazement, that they can still remember it — but it no longer bothers them.

How long does Brainspotting treatment take? In the case of a single traumatic event, one two-hour session is sometimes enough. When there’s been both abuse and abandonment early in life, the therapy can take years. In any particular instance it can be hard to predict how many sessions it’s going to take.

If you’d like to learn more about this way of treating trauma, call me at 651–269–4937 or send me a message.

Connections

Our brain is wired to connect.

When it’s not busy with a task, it keeps going over our relationships, past and present, and evaluates where we stand. How often do you have dreams without other people in them?

Disruptions in those relationships hurt. Break-ups, losses, and moves can make us feel lost, alone, and uncared-for.
Being left out or laughed at can hurt just as much. It violates our sense of belonging.

Certain regions of the brain light up when a person is feeling the pain of an injury. When a person is left out of a game, some of the same brain regions are activated. When connections are lost, it hurts.
Catastrophic events — an accident, an illness, an assault — can leave people feeling tense, jumpy, and unsafe. If they had to face the experience alone, the absence of connection makes it that much harder to deal with.

I am committed to working with you to get strength from the relationships that help you to be your best and feel like you belong. Often we end up re-discovering barely remembered connections — a grandparent, a neighbor, a pet from long ago — that bring up feelings of warmth, of comfort, and of truly being seen and valued for who you are.

When you have your therapist’s full attention and you feel truly heard, reconnection and healing can happen.

Are you feeling disconnected in your relationships? I can help. Give me a call at 651.269.4937 or email me.

Depression

Usually the less we understand about a condition, the more theories there are to try to explain it. About depression there is an abundance of theories.

Those of us who are old enough to have been around in the early days of desktop computers remember what would happen if we tried to get ours to do too many things at once. It would crash. Humans are no different. When subjected to prolonged stress, we’re liable to shut down — in other words, to become depressed.

It’s hard to get things done if you can’t sleep at night — or if all you want to do is sleep — and you can’t get out of bed in the morning without a monster effort. When your batteries are drained, every little task becomes a mountain. That relentless critical voice inside your head, telling you that you’re worthless and what you’re saying is stupid, can take all the fun out of get-togethers with friends and family.

I believe that depression is rarely something that’s a part of you — it’s usually the effect of events in your life. A lot of things have been shown to help.

Has depression cast a shadow over your life? Give me a call me at 651–269–4937 or send me a message.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

The effects of traumatic events are stored in the body. That means if we want relief, the body has to be involved in the effort.

EMDR therapy is an effective way of doing that. It stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy — only the eye movements are no longer mandatory, just as horses are nowadays optional for most members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

EMDR practitioners have found that taps, vibrations, or sounds generally work just as well, so long as they go back and forth between the two sides of the body while the person lets her or his mind go back to the troubling experience and to whatever other memories may be connected to it.

Why would this kind of thing relieve stress symptoms that may go back years or decades? We don’t know. Aspirin had been around for 70 years, relieving millions of headaches worldwide, before its mechanism of action was discovered. No doubt a bright mind will do the same for EMDR therapy sooner or later.

When the processing of a troublesome memory with EMDR is completed, people may discover, often to their own amazement, that they can still remember it — but it no longer bothers them.

How long does EMDR treatment take? In the case of a single traumatic event, one two-hour session is sometimes enough. When there’s been both abuse and abandonment early in life, the therapy can take years. In any particular instance it can be hard to predict how many sessions it’s going to take.

I am EMDR Certified, which, involves extensive study and consultation in the treatment of trauma. Do you think EMDR might be helpful for you? Give me a call at 651–269–4937 or e-mail me.

Hypnosis

Have you ever driven somewhere only to realize that you don’t recall driving there? To some degree, we experience dissociation also known as, daydreaming or one’s imagination. It is a natural phenomena.

Hypnosis is a procedure during which a health professional suggests changes in sensations, perceptions, thoughts, or behavior. The hypnotic context is generally established by an induction procedure. Although there are many different hypnotic inductions, most include suggestions for relaxation, calmness, and well-being. Instructions to imagine or think about pleasant experiences are also commonly included in hypnotic inductions.

People respond to hypnosis in different ways. Some describe their experience as an altered state of consciousness. Others describe hypnosis as a normal state of focused attention in which they feel very calm and relaxed. Regardless of how and to what degree they respond, most people describe the experience as very pleasant.

A person’s ability to experience hypnotic suggestions can be inhibited by fears and concerns arising from some common misconceptions. Contrary to some depictions of hypnosis in books, movies, or on television, people who have been hypnotized do not lose control over their behavior. They typically remain aware of who they are and where they are, and unless amnesia has been specifically suggested, they usually remember what transpired during hypnosis.

Hypnosis has been used in the treatment of pain depression, anxiety, stress, habit disorders, and many other psychological and medical problems. I will work with you to determine if hypnosis would be a beneficial part to your therapy goals.

Do you feel hypnosis could help you? If so, call me at 651–269–4937 or e-mail me.

Trauma and PTSD

All of us were born for action. Once in a while something comes along that’s too big for us to deal with. Our capacity to stand up for ourselves is overwhelmed. We’re helpless.

Yet our body desperately wants to do something, to get us out of danger. It wants to change the course of events. Even after the threat has passed, the body can seem like it’s still primed to deal with that situation. It can’t let go. It never gets deactivated.

So it happens that even years after a frightening experience, we can’t seem to relax. Minor events can trigger intense reactions, as if we were right back there.

We’ve learned that in order to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder effectively, we have to pay attention to the body. EMDR, in my experience, often helps people who are affected by PTSD to leave the past behind and re-engage with the present.

If you’d like to learn more about how I deal with the effects of trauma and PTSD, call me at 651–269–4937 or send me a message.

Services

Click the toggles below to learn more about my services.

Anxiety and Panic

Keeping us safe is one of our brain’s most important jobs. As it scans our surroundings, any sign of trouble will cause it to activate our bodies to deal with the threat. Whether it’s a speeding BMW approaching in the rearview mirror or an acquaintance rolling her eyes as we speak, we’re liable to notice our hearts pounding, our stomachs churning, and our muscles tensing up before we’ve even had a chance to think about what’s going on.

Then the danger passes and we heave a sigh of relief. But the brain, with its 100 trillion neural connections, doesn’t learn from the experience. The next time we’re facing a similar situation, it will have our body revved up instantly.

What if the brain and body get highly reactive, ready to jump at the least sign of danger like an over-protective parent? People have many different words for this kind of experience. Anxiety is something that everyone is familiar with. When it’s extreme it can take the form of panic attacks. Often those seem to come out of the blue.

I’m available to team up with you to come up with a plan of action. First, we can talk about things that people have often found helpful in calming their bodies down when their insides are churning. When it comes to dealing with this problem in the long run, there are many different approaches that have been useful. No two people are alike, and I’ll work closely with you to figure out what works best for you.

If you have any questions about how we deal with anxiety and panic, call me at 651–269–4937 or send me a message.

Brainspotting (BSP)

The effects of traumatic events are stored in the body. That means if we want relief, the body has to be involved in the effort.

Brainspotting (BSP) makes use of the natural phenomenon of where you look affects how you feel through its use of relevant eye positions. Together, the therapist and client pair a fixed eye and body position to an unresolved issue. This rapid, highly effective mind/body centered therapy technique appears to go beyond the cognitive awareness and connects one to their body’s innate wisdom to heal itself.

Why would this kind of thing relieve stress symptoms that may go back years or decades? We don’t know. Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms.

When the processing of a troublesome memory with Brainspotting is completed, people may discover, often to their own amazement, that they can still remember it — but it no longer bothers them.

How long does Brainspotting treatment take? In the case of a single traumatic event, one two-hour session is sometimes enough. When there’s been both abuse and abandonment early in life, the therapy can take years. In any particular instance it can be hard to predict how many sessions it’s going to take.

If you’d like to learn more about this way of treating trauma, call me at 651–269–4937 or send me a message.

Connections

Our brain is wired to connect.

When it’s not busy with a task, it keeps going over our relationships, past and present, and evaluates where we stand. How often do you have dreams without other people in them?

Disruptions in those relationships hurt. Break-ups, losses, and moves can make us feel lost, alone, and uncared-for.
Being left out or laughed at can hurt just as much. It violates our sense of belonging.

Certain regions of the brain light up when a person is feeling the pain of an injury. When a person is left out of a game, some of the same brain regions are activated. When connections are lost, it hurts.
Catastrophic events — an accident, an illness, an assault — can leave people feeling tense, jumpy, and unsafe. If they had to face the experience alone, the absence of connection makes it that much harder to deal with.

I am committed to working with you to get strength from the relationships that help you to be your best and feel like you belong. Often we end up re-discovering barely remembered connections — a grandparent, a neighbor, a pet from long ago — that bring up feelings of warmth, of comfort, and of truly being seen and valued for who you are.

When you have your therapist’s full attention and you feel truly heard, reconnection and healing can happen.

Are you feeling disconnected in your relationships? I can help. Give me a call at 651.269.4937 or email me.

Depression

Usually the less we understand about a condition, the more theories there are to try to explain it. About depression there is an abundance of theories.

Those of us who are old enough to have been around in the early days of desktop computers remember what would happen if we tried to get ours to do too many things at once. It would crash. Humans are no different. When subjected to prolonged stress, we’re liable to shut down — in other words, to become depressed.

It’s hard to get things done if you can’t sleep at night — or if all you want to do is sleep — and you can’t get out of bed in the morning without a monster effort. When your batteries are drained, every little task becomes a mountain. That relentless critical voice inside your head, telling you that you’re worthless and what you’re saying is stupid, can take all the fun out of get-togethers with friends and family.

I believe that depression is rarely something that’s a part of you — it’s usually the effect of events in your life. A lot of things have been shown to help.

Has depression cast a shadow over your life? Give me a call me at 651–269–4937 or send me a message.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

The effects of traumatic events are stored in the body. That means if we want relief, the body has to be involved in the effort.

EMDR therapy is an effective way of doing that. It stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy — only the eye movements are no longer mandatory, just as horses are nowadays optional for most members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

EMDR practitioners have found that taps, vibrations, or sounds generally work just as well, so long as they go back and forth between the two sides of the body while the person lets her or his mind go back to the troubling experience and to whatever other memories may be connected to it.

Why would this kind of thing relieve stress symptoms that may go back years or decades? We don’t know. Aspirin had been around for 70 years, relieving millions of headaches worldwide, before its mechanism of action was discovered. No doubt a bright mind will do the same for EMDR therapy sooner or later.

When the processing of a troublesome memory with EMDR is completed, people may discover, often to their own amazement, that they can still remember it — but it no longer bothers them.

How long does EMDR treatment take? In the case of a single traumatic event, one two-hour session is sometimes enough. When there’s been both abuse and abandonment early in life, the therapy can take years. In any particular instance it can be hard to predict how many sessions it’s going to take.

I am EMDR Certified, which, involves extensive study and consultation in the treatment of trauma. Do you think EMDR might be helpful for you? Give me a call at 651–269–4937 or e-mail me.

Hypnosis

Have you ever driven somewhere only to realize that you don’t recall driving there? To some degree, we experience dissociation also known as, daydreaming or one’s imagination. It is a natural phenomena.

Hypnosis is a procedure during which a health professional suggests changes in sensations, perceptions, thoughts, or behavior. The hypnotic context is generally established by an induction procedure. Although there are many different hypnotic inductions, most include suggestions for relaxation, calmness, and well-being. Instructions to imagine or think about pleasant experiences are also commonly included in hypnotic inductions.

People respond to hypnosis in different ways. Some describe their experience as an altered state of consciousness. Others describe hypnosis as a normal state of focused attention in which they feel very calm and relaxed. Regardless of how and to what degree they respond, most people describe the experience as very pleasant.

A person’s ability to experience hypnotic suggestions can be inhibited by fears and concerns arising from some common misconceptions. Contrary to some depictions of hypnosis in books, movies, or on television, people who have been hypnotized do not lose control over their behavior. They typically remain aware of who they are and where they are, and unless amnesia has been specifically suggested, they usually remember what transpired during hypnosis.

Hypnosis has been used in the treatment of pain depression, anxiety, stress, habit disorders, and many other psychological and medical problems. I will work with you to determine if hypnosis would be a beneficial part to your therapy goals.

Do you feel hypnosis could help you? If so, call me at 651–269–4937 or e-mail me.

Trauma and PTSD

All of us were born for action. Once in a while something comes along that’s too big for us to deal with. Our capacity to stand up for ourselves is overwhelmed. We’re helpless.

Yet our body desperately wants to do something, to get us out of danger. It wants to change the course of events. Even after the threat has passed, the body can seem like it’s still primed to deal with that situation. It can’t let go. It never gets deactivated.

So it happens that even years after a frightening experience, we can’t seem to relax. Minor events can trigger intense reactions, as if we were right back there.

We’ve learned that in order to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder effectively, we have to pay attention to the body. EMDR, in my experience, often helps people who are affected by PTSD to leave the past behind and re-engage with the present.

If you’d like to learn more about how I deal with the effects of trauma and PTSD, call me at 651–269–4937 or send me a message.