New online therapy offered for COVID-19 stress and other recent stressors| Nurtured Hearts Counseling, Lone Tree, Colorado
I had the opportunity to take a training over the weekend that I felt would be especially beneficial during this time. I am excited about it and for those of you that know what EMDR is, it is a similar therapy. This therapy is geared specifically to do online through video session methods. For those that are experiencing a lot of anxiety around everything happening in our society currently, this is the perfect therapy method. It is geared to work with fresh experiences and ones that leave a lasting impact on our day to day functioning.
This is an intensive therapy that is meant to do back to back days or even multiple sessions within one day. For those wondering how many sessions it might take - it is an individual process, but I would say anywhere from 3-5 sessions will be enough. This therapy also requires self-care and implements it through requiring that you allow yourself to eat, drink and sleep to be the most effective.
It may not be the Coronavirus that is leaving this lasting impact, but rather another experience that you have had recently that brings about similar effects for you. This would also be a great therapy for you.
So what is this therapy?
It is called ASSYST - Remote and uses self-administered bilateral stimulation (activating both sides of the brain). The bilateral stimulation targets thoughts and memories within our memory network to allow specific memories to store properly in our brain. Often memories that cause daily symptoms (not being able to sleep, unable to think about anything else besides the memory, overwhelming or debilitating fear, anxiety, etc.) are dysfunctionally stored in the brain and are not processed.
Throughout our daily lives, we take in information and our brain creates thoughts around these memories or stores images related to the memory. We often do not realize that we experience daily limitations due to memories that have been dysfunctionally stored within our memory network.
If you feel like this would be a good therapy for you or you are wondering if it would be, let's chat! We are in some overwhelming times right now and it is absolutely normal for you to be responding.