Somatic EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing

Somatic EMDR

At Sentience Counselling Services, we offer Somatic EMDR therapy, an evidence-based treatment that aids in reducing the intensity of the distress we feel associated with a traumatic experience. Somatic EMDR combines the principles of somatic therapies, such as somatic experiencing (SE) with EMDR therapy. It integrates body-oriented approaches with EMDR techniques to address trauma, PTSD, and stress-related disorders. Somatic EMDR helps individuals process traumatic experiences by focusing on bodily sensations and using eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation to process distressing memories and emotions and facilitate healing. 

Understanding Somatic EMDR Therapy at Sentience Counselling Services

At Sentience Counselling Services, we offer somatic EMDR, which is an innovative therapeutic approach that combines elements of Somatic Experiencing and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. This integrative method is particularly effective in addressing trauma, PTSD, and stress-related disorders by incorporating body-oriented techniques with EMDR's standard protocols.

In Somatic EMDR, the therapist helps the individual focus on bodily sensations, which are often linked to unprocessed traumatic memories. By paying attention to these sensations, individuals can begin to explore and understand how their bodies are reacting to past and present experiences. This process allows for a deeper level of processing and integration of these memories, leading to healing and resolution.

During a session, the therapist may use various techniques to facilitate this process. These may include developing resources for coping with emotions and body sensations; eye movements, tapping, or other forms of bilateral stimulation to help the individual process and reprocess traumatic memories. The goal is to help the individual experience these memories in a new and less distressing way, ultimately reducing their impact on daily life.

Overall, Somatic EMDR offers a comprehensive approach to trauma therapy, combining the benefits of body-oriented techniques with the proven effectiveness of EMDR. It provides a safe and supportive environment for individuals to heal from past traumas and move towards a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Land Acknowledgment: Recognizing and Honoring Treaty 7 and Metis Nation in Southern Alberta

Sentience Counselling Services, located in the heart of Southern Alberta, both acknowledges and pays tribute to the traditional territories of the peoples of Treaty 7, which include the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprised of the Siksika, the Piikani, and the Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Goodstoney First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta (Districts 5 and 6).

Exploring Somatic EMDR at Sentience Counselling Service

Somatic EMDR offers several key benefits for individuals seeking trauma therapy. By incorporating body-oriented techniques with EMDR's standard protocols, it provides a holistic approach to healing. Here are some of the key benefits of Somatic EMDR, along with relevant Google keywords:

  1. Comprehensive Healing: Somatic EMDR addresses trauma on both a cognitive and somatic level, promoting a more comprehensive healing process. 

  2. Improved Emotional Regulation: The combination of somatic techniques and EMDR helps individuals regulate their emotions more effectively, reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. 

  3. Enhanced Body Awareness: Somatic EMDR increases body awareness, helping individuals recognize and release physical tension and sensations associated with trauma.

  4. Safe Processing of Trauma: Through the use of bilateral stimulation and other techniques, Somatic EMDR creates a safe space for individuals to process traumatic memories without feeling overwhelmed. 

  5. Improved Coping Strategies: Somatic EMDR teaches individuals coping strategies that can be applied outside of therapy to manage stress and triggers. 

  6. Increased Resilience: By addressing trauma on multiple levels, Somatic EMDR helps individuals build resilience and develop a more positive outlook on life.

Overall, Somatic EMDR offers a unique and effective approach to trauma therapy, combining the benefits of somatic techniques with the proven effectiveness of EMDR.

What Does Therapy Look Like at Sentience Counselling?

Sentience Counselling Services offers a transformative journey towards healing and personal growth. With a commitment to individualized support, the counselling process is designed to address your unique needs. Begin your path to emotional well-being by scheduling a free 20-minute consultation and discover the tailored guidance that Sentience Counselling provides on your journey to self-discovery and healing.

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The process of EMDR treatment is like embarking on a mountainous journey, with each session representing a step towards healing and resolution. Initially, we start by gathering information and equipping you with tools to regulate your emotions, akin to preparing for the climb ahead. We want to understand your reasons for seeking therapy and what you hope to achieve, while also teaching you how to manage any emotional challenges that may arise during our sessions.

As we progress, we begin to explore the various experiences in your life that have contributed to your current struggles. Just as rocks and boulders accumulate to form a mountain, our past experiences can pile up and create challenges that seem insurmountable. To find relief, we may need to address the entire mountain of experiences. However, the pace and depth of our exploration depend on your readiness and the number of sessions you're able to commit to. It's perfectly acceptable to tackle parts of the mountain at a time, as each step forward brings you closer to the peak of healing and wholeness.

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