" When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending."
Dr. Brene Brown
Psychotherapy and EMDR for the treatment of Anxiety and Trauma
Many of us feel anxious and overwhelmed by the stress of our daily lives. Most of the time, we have the tools and support to effectively cope. However, there can be times when the stress becomes too much to handle on our own. Work, family, finances, health and a history of unresolved trauma can make it difficult to manage our emotions. Research shows that chronic stress can have a profound impact on our relationships and our health. Fortunately, Compassionate Therapy is here to help. Whether your anxiety is caused by current stressors or from traumatic events from your past, we can work together to improve your ability to cope and live a more authentic, peaceful life.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR is an evidenced-based treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that has been shown to reduce symptoms related to trauma. EMDR is based on the idea that the mind can heal itself just as the body does. EMDR uses eye movements and other bilateral stimulation to help process traumatic memories in an adaptive way. EMDR also works in developing inner strength and resiliency already present within us. Research on EMDR therapy has been so positive that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense. Given the worldwide recognition as an effective treatment of trauma, you can easily see how EMDR would be helpful in treating symptoms of anxiety and depression that include low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, and other concerns that cause people to seek therapy. For more information please call or go to EMDR.com.
WHAT IS TRAUMA?
Symptoms and Treatments
Many people think of trauma as a one time significant event such as an accident or assault. However, many people experience trauma as incidents that occur over a period of time such as childhood abuse or neglect, emotional abuse by a partner or a long term illness. No matter the cause, trauma can have a significant impact on psychological health, physical well being and relationships. Symptoms of trauma can vary greatly but often include: feelings of sadness or agitation, hypervigilance, appetite and sleep disturbance, headaches, stomach aches or other body pain. Whether you have experienced a one time traumatic event or long term complex trauma, there can be an impact on your physical health, work and relationships. The good news is that research shows that trauma focused therapy in a supportive environment can significantly reduce symptoms and greatly improve your quality of life. Please call for a phone consultation.
Christine Hippe-Ribaudo, MSW, LCSW
I believe the most important aspect of therapy is the relationship between the therapist and the client. I am an experienced, empathetic and effective clinician with almost 20 years in the field. I have extensive training in treating complex trauma, specifically with clients who have experienced childhood abuse and neglect. I am trained in evidenced-based techniques including Trauma-Focused CBT, EMDR and Sandplay. My experience in the fields of child welfare, education, health care and crisis response has helped me to understand the impact that complex trauma can have on individuals and families. My passion has led me to advocate for trauma-informed programs in public schools. I work closely with those in social service, healthcare and educational settings to address the symptoms of vicarious trauma they experience on the job. I have a strong affinity for animals and work with people who experience complex grief after the loss of a pet.