Why 2 hour sessions instead of the average 50 min therapy session?

Since Sheila is a trauma specialist and most trauma sessions take at least 90 min she works best in a 2 hour time frame. She noticed that major issues were coming up in the last 10 min of an hour session without enough time to help the client. In a 2 hour session there is enough time to talk about the issue then use one of her effective techniques (ART, Brainspotting, hypnosis) to clear the issue from the nervous system and release stuck negative images, thoughts, and perceptions from the brain. That helps with focus, concentration, and leaving with a calmer mind and body. This still leaves a few min to share and integrate.


What is EMDR?  How are Brainspotting and ART related?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a therapeutic technique designed for trauma grief loss helps with relief from nightmares, panic attacks, anxiety, recurrent and obtrusive thoughts. EMDR helps work on a neurological level to decrease overreaction to stimulus, environmental and personal triggers that create chaos and dysfunction in life and relationships.

Brainspotting was developed by David Grand a former EMDR therapist who discovered that a fixed eye position rather that eye movements along with bilateral sound went deeper in the brain with profound results. This is a gentler more organic technique than EMDR and Sheila has achieved remarkable results and is impressed with its ability to tap into the brain’s innate ability to heal itself.

ART Accelerated Resolution Therapy was developed by Laney Rosenzweig who was also trained in EMDR yet is very creative, so she added enough of her own image inventive replacements and metaphores to adapt into her own model. ART is often refered to as EMDR on steroids.


What is play therapy?

Play therapy is a type of therapy involving play vs talking there are several types of play therapy, Sheila uses an interactive model of playing with the child having the child lead the play. Play is a child’s first language and can reveal more about the child’s world and conflicts that verbal communication. Play therapy also gives a child an expressive way to resolve their conflicts, traumas, and confusion about life and adults.

What is a family therapist and how is it different from an individual therapist?

A family therapist has additional training usually 1-2 years more than a regular masters degree with an extra practicum, externship and several classes on family dynamics, family therapy models, child adolescent therapy, parenting, sexuality, couples counseling all focusing on a systemic model (how everyone in a family is interconnected and affects each other). So working with a family therapist they would look at the other aspects in a clients life in addition to the presenting problem such as relationship, children, biological family, work, health, living environment, their life as a complete circle and how all these aspects relate to their current conflicts. The therapy then works with all the contributing elements and people that are affecting the client this may occur with working only with the client or at times bringing in family members.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a focused state of relaxation, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis so you can only be hypnotized if you want to be. The stage hypnosis acts are very different and remember the people volunteer to go on stage no one made them and the performer continues to have people come up to stage and some leave to get down to the 15% of the population that is most easily hypnotized. Clinical Hypnosis is about bypassing the conscious mind to work with the unconscious mind to help focus on goals and resources to obtain desired changes. Sheila uses an indirect approach with a natural relaxing environment, like a vacation to the beach, to reduce stress and access natural resources.