Psychological Trauma is the effect of a devastating emotional or physical experience on the psychological stability of a person. Such events may involve physical changes inside the brain and to brain chemistry, which disturb the person’s ability to adequately cope with stress. This can be as a result of a traumatic event. Trauma can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or an ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred, or was threatening to you or someone close to you. Traumatic events include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, military combat, witnessing a violent or alarming event, or some illness or attack that appears life threatening or frightening. Those who are seriously affected by an event or witnessing an event, and who do not receive treatment, may go on to develop a condition known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). To avoid this, counseling will take place soon after the traumatic event, ideally within three or four weeks, to allow the individual to express and understand the emotions experienced.
EMDR therapy is an integrated model that incorporates aspects of psychodynamic, experiential, behavioral, cognitive, body-based, and systems therapies. It is a time efficient and comprehensive methodology for the treatment of the disturbing traumatic experiences that usually underline many of the clinical pathologies. It comprises and eight-phase treatment that includes the use of eye movements or other left-right stimulation.
EMDR therapy helps trauma survivors reprocess disturbing thoughts and memories, providing profound and stable treatment effects in a short period of time. Although neurobiological investigations still have not provided a definitive explanation, a number of psychological studies are being carried out and leading to links between EMDR and REM sleep, dual attention, and bi-hemispheric involvement.
Among life’s most challenging tasks is respectfully resolving conflict without breaking connection with the other. Most couples experience conflict; it is a common and healthy aspect of any relationship. The issue, however, is how couples resolve conflict, which cannot only be problematic, but reflective of deeper issues troubling the relationship, such as trust, dependency, or fear of abandonment.
In my work as a one of the best Los Angeles counselors with couples, the interpersonal dynamics are explored and the impediments to intimacy and connection are identified and worked through in a safe, honest space.
Marriage counseling can help you understand and resolve conflicts and improve your relationship. It gives couples the tools to communicate better, negotiate differences, problem solve and even argue in a healthier way. In some cases, you might realize that going your own separate ways is the best solution for you and your partner. Marriage counseling is often short term. You may need only a few sessions to help you with your relationship, or you may need marriage counseling for several months, particularly if your relationship has greatly deteriorated. As someone who has been in a long-term relationship, I have a thorough understanding of the variety of challenges married couples face. I also work with and support non-married couples facing problems inherent in their unique relationships.
Individuals are best understood through their relationships to their entire family. The problematic relationships in a household are seen in the context of the family members’ expressions in that unit, as any change in one member can affect the whole family. An individual’s symptoms are just an indication of relational patterns and by using a systemic perspective I change the system in order to change the individual’s issues. By the way that each family functions, subconsciously, certain roles get assigned to each member and each individual acts accordingly to fulfill the part. Through changing the dysfunctional patterns and releasing the individual from the assigned role I promote more functional interactions, which results in more personal freedom and peace. A healthy family is the core of our community and every child deserves a stable emotional environment.