Brief Therapy for Anxiety
Teresa Trower LMHC CLC
The Energy Therapies
EMDR is an energy therapy developed by Francine Shapiro. It is a highly researched therapy which was shown to reduce the PTSD and trauma experienced by veterans returning from the Vietnam war.
The idea is that when the amygdala is highjacked by stress, the left side of the brain, which processes thinking skills and judgement, is offline. Instead, the brain is flooded with fear and anxiety without the help of the thoughtful evaluation of the left brain. Since experiences which involve strong emotions are committed to memory, people are stuck and haunted by these memories and emotions. This doesn't apply only to severe trauma. Anxiety can be traced back to fear evoking memories that many people experience as a normal part of living. EMDR works by bringing both sides of the brain on board. By using eye movements, the therapist is able to lead the client back to the initial memory without experiencing the trauma. Once both sides of the brain are working in tandem, the anxiety is gone. This is a quick process and can be completed in one or two sessions. Some clients feel this therapy helps more than any other in relieving their anxiety.
EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE
This is also known as "tapping". This therapy works by stimulating acupressure points on the body, similar to acupuncture points, as the client thinks about the stressful situation. Of couse, there are no needles involved. You simply tap on the points as the therapist taps on the points as a guide. As you tap, you either think about or talk aloud about the issue. The idea is that the energetic memory of the event gets stuck, or frozen, at some point along the acupressure meridians. Tapping releases this energy and at the same time, changes your feelings about the situation. In other words, your anxiety levels decrease. It's also a quick therapy.
Emotions get trapped in the body. There's definitely a mind/body connection. By identifying the emotions that are trapped, we can release them. The methodology involves muscle testing. The Emotion Code is an energy-based therapy that is used to quickly and easily identify and release trapped emotional energy. Dr. Bradley Nelson developed the Emotion Code over twenty years of practice as a chiropractor. The Emotion Code works by literally getting rid of emotional baggage.