EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR is a powerful and effective psychotherapy. While it is a first line treatment for trauma and PTSD, it is also highly effective for a number of issues including anxiety, phobias, complicated grief, dissociative disorders, chronic pain, addictions, body dysmorphia, and stress reduction.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person experience disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. One moment becomes "frozen in time," and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.
The goal of EMDR therapy is to process completely the experiences that are causing problems, and to include new ones that are needed for full health. "Processing" does not mean talking about it. "Processing" means setting up a learning state that will allow experiences that are causing problems to be "digested" and stored appropriately in your brain. That means that what is useful to you from an experience will be learned, and stored with appropriate emotions in your brain, and be able to guide you in positive ways in the future. The inappropriate emotions, beliefs, and body sensations will be discarded. Negative emotions, feelings and behaviors are generally caused by unresolved earlier experiences that are pushing you in the wrong directions. The goal of EMDR therapy is to leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that will lead to healthy and useful behaviors and interactions. (https://www.emdria.org)
** I am an EMDR Consultant In Training and can provide up to 15 hours of consultation to EMDR trained clinicians who are working towards EMDRIA Certification. I also offer case consultation as needed.**
Dance/Movement Therapy and Living the Body Workshops
Sometimes words are not enough. The body holds and remembers experiences, feelings, and sensations that the mind may not be fully aware of. By working with music, breath, movement, and dance we are able to attend to the intersection of the body and the mind, the conscious and the unconscious - what Danielle calls the bodymind continuum. Dance/movement therapy engages this continuum to cultivate awareness, exploration, discovery, and integration of the self.
Dance/movement therapy recognizes that dance is a powerful form of communication, and as a creative process, it can access our innate capacity to heal. Dance/movement therapy helps us to be truly present and aware, feeling at home in our own skin. It encourages the development and expression of an authentic, embodied self, and honest connection to others.
Danielle offers dance/movement therapy to individuals, facilitates on-going groups, and leads weekend and week-long workshops. Living The Body groups and workshops are designed to address specific members’ including adolescent girls, women, and healers or specific issues such as creative exploration, well-being, trauma, grief and loss, and body image.
Corporate Wellness and Experiential Mindfulness
Danielle has partnered effectively with businesses including law firms, educational consultants, corporate communications, and project management firms to help a wide range of employees achieve higher rates of performance and productivity, gain greater awareness of their personal and professional strengths, and to communicate more fully and effectively with customers, peers and supervisors. Through experiential mindfulness including meditation practices, stress management, relaxation techniques, guided imagery, breathwork, and fundamentals of dance/movement therapy, Danielle assists clients to experience a variety of ways to relax, focus, and attain greater personal and professional insight and clarity.