It is often overwhelming and confusing to understand the causes of our pain. Unresolved events from our past or present can cause great sources of discomfort. As humans we are resilient, but we pay a price for that resiliency. If an individual is unable to cope or address their source(s) of pain, it can manifest into depression, anxiety or some type of addictive or compulsive behavior. Often people will say, “Let go of the past.” We are firm believers of that mindset; however, individuals sometimes need assistance in healing to enable them to let go of the past. People are doing the best they can to cope with the internal resources that they possess. We are not meant to suffer. Sometimes suffering is a part of our learning process but we are not meant to stay in pain.
We all have a natural ability to heal. Therapy can provide a “booster shot” to facilitate the inner strength necessary to heal your mind, body and spirit. Therapy is one of the best gifts that you can give yourself. It is important to seek a professional counselor that is not only qualified but one that you can connect to and feel comfortable with to achieve your personal goals.
Ed has a Masters in Social Work and has been in practice since 1990. His work experience includes Sheppard Pratt Hospital-Adolescent Unit, Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, Clinical Director of Glenwood Health Center and Clinical Consultant for Phoenix Recovery Center. Ed is further certified in addictions counseling. Ed has provided alcohol and drug treatment through individual therapy and group counseling since the beginning of his career. Ed has received EMDR training (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and has utilized this therapeutic approach since 2000. In addition, Ed has extensive training in marriage and couples therapy, providing the necessary skills and knowledge to foster a successful, committed and intimate relationship (both heterosexual and homosexual).
Shana has a Masters in Social Work and has been in practice since 1989. Her clinical background includes Family Therapist at Sheppard Pratt Hospital-Adolescent Unit, Eating Disorders Unit, Counselor for Weight Management Center, Director of the Family Program at Hidden Brook Alcohol/Drug Rehabilitation Center, Consultant at Phoenix Recovery Center, Family Counselor at Father Martin’s Ashley Family Wellness Program and the Children/ Youth Program. Shana is further certified in addictions and has provided individual and group counseling throughout her career. She has been utilizing EMDR since 1999. She is certified in EMDR and is also an EMDR Consultant. She provides monthly group supervision for EMDR colleagues.
Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by a persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry. Individuals suffering from anxiety often expect the worst even when there is no apparent reason. This anxiety is often a result of unresolved past incident(s). A person wants to stop worrying but can’t seem to help it. EMDR is a highly effective way of targeting the sources of anxiety and allowing the person to address and resolve the original sources of anxiety.
Seventy percent of the time we work through disturbing events or traumatic experiences on our own. Thirty percent of the time we are unable to process what happened. Utilizing EMDR, an individual is able to process the “stuck or “frozen” material of the incident resulting in an alleviation of symptoms. The individual is able to integrate the disturbing memories in a more adaptive, new way.
An Addiction is a condition that results when a person uses a substance (e.g., alcohol, heroin, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g., gambling, sex, shopping) that is initially a positive, pleasurable experience but with continued use becomes compulsive, interfering with daily life responsibilities and functioning. We have found that EMDR is highly effective in addressing the underlying psychological causes of addiction, targeting the “positive link” that was initially connected to the addictive behavior and replacing with alternative coping skills. We understand the alcohol/drug addiction is a biological, psychological and social disease. We support the 12 step program as well as alternative means of support.
Eating Disorders are an unhealthy relationship with food/weight that interferes with an individual’s daily functioning. Eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. We believe that eating disorders is an individual’s way of coping with unresolved childhood trauma or disturbing incidents that haven’t been processed. EMDR provides a unique way in bypassing the conscious brain and accessing the unconscious. Depending on the severity of the eating disorder determines the level of additional outside support which can include conferring with your primary care doctor, dietitian and family. Early diagnosis and intervention may enhance recovery.
A phobia is an out of proportion fear to a specific object or situation. Phobias can include fear of animals, heights, thunder, injection injury, dental, flight, enclosed spaces, choking/vomiting as well as others. EMDR can either target the genesis of the fear, target additional times when the symptoms grew worst, or address anticipatory fear (worry of what could happen).
Services to adolescents (12 and up), adults and geriatrics.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is an innovative, integrative psychotherapy approach that was developed in 1989 to address unresolved trauma. Since then, EMDR has been found effective in treating anxiety/phobias, addictions, compulsive behaviors, depression, eating disorders chronic pain as well as other presenting problems. When an individual experiences disturbing event(s) or trauma they are sometimes unable to process the occurrence. The negative thoughts, emotions and physical sensations of the event get “stuck” or “frozen” in the brain. This “stuck” material oozes out causing flashbacks, general anxiety, depression or any other symptoms. EMDR works by utilizing bilateral stimulation to access the “stuck" material in the brain enabling the individual to finish processing the unresolved disturbing incident/trauma and moving the material to the front part of the brain where it originally should have been stored. EMDR has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and other issues. EMDR has been recognized as being effective for the treatment of trauma by the American Psychiatric Association, Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and International Society for Traumatic Stress.
Getting a relationship to function in tandem can, at times, appear difficult and hopeless. When a relationship is in trouble, the couple becomes overwhelmed with pain. Each partner becomes lost defending their own position; thereby, misunderstanding each other and escalating the situation. Through professional support and direction, the couple can begin unraveling the reasons for their conflict and begin their journey towards restoration and repair.
Family therapy can be very helpful in assisting families in addressing/improving effective communication, resolving conflict and enhancing relationships. During adolescence, family therapy can provide a supportive means of bridging the gap between parents and their teenagers.
Group therapy consists of five to ten members gathering weekly for ninety minutes, talking freely in a safe environment. Topics of discussion center on the important issues men face in today’s culture. Members will discover how to improve their relationships with family, friends, and coworkers.