Joan Holman's Thoughts
Monday, August 16, 2004
EMDR - A BREAKTHROUGH THERAPY ---- Pretty much my entire life has been journey of healing. I have studied and experienced many therapies for body and mind. I spent nearly a decade in the field of psychology as a therapist and teacher. I read hundreds of books about psychology to write my own college course on psychology, which I taught at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota. I also had my own private practice as a psychotherapist which I called "Psychotherapy for Normal People."
Although I no longer practice as a therapist, I still try to stay up with the latest developments in the field of psychology. These days I am trying out a breakthrough therapy called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitation and Reprocessing)
I have had three EMDR sessions and I am very impressed with the process. I have tapped into very deep memories and experiences that, unknown to me, had created maladaptive reactions in my life. One of the most profound traumas that came up during therapy was the separation from my biological mother at the time of my birth. I was given up for adoption and the pain of that separation was recorded in my subconscious mind as a significant trauma. The actual pain of my biological mother had been deeply imprinted within me and the trauma to her as well as to me has had a more profound impact on my life than I ever realized.
EMDR brings distressing memories to the surface and successfully processes the components of memories. These memories are the basis of dysfunctional reactions in our current life. By dealing with these and linking the targeted memory with more adaptive information, we can shift the way we look at things and consequently change our reactions and actions and our lives.
This is powerful stuff, folks, and I highly recommend finding a qualified and certified EMDR therapist in your area if you really want some accelerated psychotherapy. Of course, this may not be for everyone and so proceed with caution. And keep in mind, that even things that may seem insignificant, such as someone teasing you when you are a child, may be a significant trauma that is stored in your subconscious mind and that can have a huge impact on your life.
I recommend the book EMDR: The Breakthrough Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress, and Trauma by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., the woman who originated this fantastic technique.
I also recommend the movie The Butterfly Effect to demonstrate how we can go back and reprogram our brains, our neural pathways, and and how this reprogramming change the direction and outcomes of our lives. Tagline for the movie: "Change one thing, change everything." Plot Outline: "A young man blacks out harmful memories of significant events of his life. As he grows up he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life."
I loved this movie. It was a real thriller, well acted and well written. The DVD includes interviews with physicists and psychologists and discusses the actual "butterfly effect" (chaos theory). New developments in theoretical physics are extremely exciting and thought provoking.
Consultant and Author Joan Holman with Massage Pioneer Sister Rosalind Gefre -- at book signing event at Bound to Be Read Bookstore in St. Paul, Minnesota. Joan has been a consultant to the Sister Rosalind Schools and Clinics of Massage and the Sister Rosalind Christian Ministries since 2001.
Joan is the author of "Hands That Touch, Hands That Heal," the biography of Sister Rosalind. Joan is responsible for the creation, development and design of this book as well as the publishing, distribution and marketing of the book.
Joan has worked with a number of authors including Kathryn Harwig (The Intuitive Advantage), Dennis Kimbro (Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice), Janie Jasin (The Littlest Christmas Tree), and Keith Gaddy Davis (The Pause). She is also involved as a book development consultant for Career Wisdom: Success Advice from Outstanding Women Achievers, which will be published and promoted through the assistance of Dr. Camille Cosby.
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