We are Knowledgeable in a Range of Techniques 

The therapeutic relationship with our clients is key, but certain advanced techniques can facilitate the therapeutic process

Our therapists take a person-centered, strengths-based, holistic approach using various techniques to work with clients. However, our therapists have sought out additional certifications, credentials or continuing education in specific techniques to offer a wider range of ways to interact and connect with our clients.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)  

EMDR is a mode of therapy developed to help clients with the emotional distress associated with disturbing and unresolved life experiences.  It is a physiologically based technique that helps the brain process disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.  EMDR uses eye movements, tapping, or sounds, depending on the client’s preference to activate both the left and right sides of the brain while recalling the distressing life experience in order to more adequately process the memory contributing to the emotional disturbance. During the therapy process, old beliefs, thoughts, and feelings about the experience are connected with more positive and realistic information.

Following a successful EMDR session normal information processing is resumed, such that the person no longer relives the experience in the same way when the event is brought to mind. There is still a memory of what happened, but it is less upsetting and the person can look at the experience with a new sense of understanding and clarity.   It can be used to treat symptoms of depression, anxiety, grief, abuse, panic attacks, trauma, phobias and PTSD. EMDR is also helpful for resolving present relationship issues that are affected by past patterns of interactions.

Yoga Techniques

Focusing on the mind-body connection through the use of yoga techniques helps clients to reduce the negative effects of stress on the body and mind, promotes emotional healing and encourages a positive healthy lifestyle.   Dr. Christina Strayer has received her certificate in Restorative Yoga and has completed her RYT-200 Yoga Teacher Training Program from Martha Catz E-RYT at The Yoga Connection https://theyogaconnectionnc.com/.   This additional education enables her to provide the benefits of yoga techniques to our clients individually and on a group basis.

Mindfulness Techniques

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by individuals when focusing their awareness on the present moment, while calmly becoming aware of and accepting their feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.   used as a counseling therapeutic technique. This is a growing area of interest and there is empirical support for the clinical value of mindfulness interventions for a variety of psychological issues, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, chronic pain, substance abuse, insomnia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Mindfulness techniques are a key way to help clients cultivate awareness of their emotions and to improve emotional regulation.

Expressive Arts Techniques

Expressive arts therapy combines the creative process with psychological principles to encourage emotional growth and healing.  The use of various artistic forms, including painting, drawing, music and other artistic forms is incorporated into the therapeutic process to help increase awareness and initiate change.  Expressive art techniques can be used with children, adolescents and adults, as individuals or in a group setting to facilitate personal growth and transformation.