Challenges Are Inevitable ~ Suffering Is Optional

 

People who come to me are often experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, panic or are going through a major life transition. Sometimes these difficulties are due to a significant traumatic event or are the results of circumstances, beliefs, or from seeing things through our filters. We are all unique and resourceful individuals but when we feel stuck, stressed, overwhelmed or confused, it may feel impossible to change. I am dedicated to helping people who struggle with self blame, criticism, guilt, self-judgement or low self esteem. Don't suffer any longer. Let me help you find a path to healing and well-being.

EMDR for Adults

 

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy) developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro is a psychotherapy approach to help people heal from trauma or issues of abuse, domestic violence, grief/loss, attachment wounds, abandonment, bullying, PTSD, and many other complicated life issues.

 

It integrates elements of many traditional psychological orientations and is based on the adaptive information processing model which hypothesizes that there is an inherent information processing system in the brain that gets blocked when traumatic or adverse events occur. This causes events to get locked in the brain with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, feelings and body sensations, so whenever a reminder of the traumatic or adverse event comes up, the feelings/panic related to those pictures, thoughts, feelings, and sensations continue to be triggered and felt.

 

EMDR therapy works on helping the brain reprocess these traumatic memories, and as a result alleviates the emotional response and resulting psychological disorders.

 

EMDR therapy is now validated as an evidence-based approach and included in SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

6 Steps To Freedom
 

Learn a six step process that will allow you to facilitate yourself any time you have something that upsets you.  

 

What would your life be like if you could release your annoyance? bad moods? For one thing, the amount of time you need to continue therapy would be considerably shortened.  

 

If you are an action oriented person and feel you have been in therapy for way too long; stop here and call now. 

 

6 Step Process was developed by Diederik Wolsak of Choose-Again. 

Internal Family Systems Therapy - IFS

 

What is Internal Family Systems Therapy?

The IFS Model is an integrative approach to individual psychotherapy that promotes a sense of inner peace through internal connection and harmony. It combines systems thinking which is simply explained by understanding that whenever one person or part of a family (or system) is affected, the rest of the family (or system) is also affected as a result.

 

For an individual in therapy we define

Systems thinking simply by explaining that whenever you have found yourself saying, “Part of me wants to do ‘X’, but another part of me feels I should do ‘Y”  there is disharmony between the those parts and the Self (defined below). In this therapy we work through a process to focus on the relationship between those parts and the Self in order to  heal and create a cooperative, trusting relationship

between the Self and each part.

 

How it Works

Parts can have either extreme behaviors; (referred to as “roles”) or healthy behaviors/roles. IFS focuses on parts in extreme roles because they are causing the symptoms in our lives that make our life difficult. Symptoms such as depression, anxiety, anger, impulsivity, addictions, bingeing etc. These symptoms are a result of disharmony between our parts and our Self.

A core tenet of IFS is that every part has a positive intent for the person, even if its actions, behaviors or effects are counterproductive or cause dysfunction. Therefore, as IFS focuses on understanding and healing the relationships between parts and the Self, symptoms disappear, behavior improves, anger dissipates and life becomes happier. 

 

The “Self” Defined

IFS assumes that everyone has a Self which contains the qualities of calm, curiosity, compassion, confidence, courage, clarity, connectedness, creativity, patience, presence, perspective, and perseverance. It is best understood that the Self is the part of us that is our true self or essence.

 

Through the therapeutic process, when the Self is, in actuality, leading the system every part is in relationship with the Self resulting in a balanced, harmonious system.

 

Since we all come into the world with parts and Self-energy, the IFS Model can be a useful therapeutic approach, for all ages or issues.

 

 

 

IFS was developed by Richard Schwartz.

 

SandTray-Worldplay™ Therapy 

 

What is Sandtray Therapy?

Sandtray therapy is a type of expressive therapy used by children, adolescents, teens, individual adults, couples, families and/or groups. It is a dynamic model of therapy that is used in the presence of a trained sandtray therapist.*

 

When you work with a trained therapist, a sandtray office will be equipped with an extensive collection of miniature objects, sand contained in trays with a blue bottom and water.

 

Clients are encouraged to play, dig, build up and create worlds or landscapes of mountains, valleys and rivers with either dry or wet sand exactly as they wish. Opportunities are provided to create dramatic scenes with personally selected objects and figures that tell a story. Clients can speak or remain silent while building.

 

There is no right or wrong way to play. The gift in using sand is that it requires no skill or artistic talent to build or play in the sand, yet offers an endless capacity for self-creation without being intimidating to the creator.

 

None of the objects or landscapes express any specific meaning to the witness, yet over a period of time the process of shaping and molding this impressionable, malleable, yielding substance into complex multi-dimensional scenes will shed light and insight to the builder as well as the witness allowing the healing work to happen.

 

*Sandtray Therapy is based on Sandtray-WorldPlay™

Therapy as developed and taught by

Giesela S. De Domenico, PhD.

Other Services

 

Personal Coaching: 

 

Life Balance brings Satisfaction!

 

Through exploration, getting to know yourself, and your "operating systems;"  coaching will give you the tools and skills you need to develop exactly what is necessary to live a deliberate, fun, and fulfilling life.

 

This is an opportunity to examine and achieve goals, improve all areas of your life including relationships, health and wellness, financial well being, spirituality, personal development, your physical environment, career and even add fun and enjoyment.   It can be done!  

 

Empowerment - Since past actions and beliefs create most of the conditions in our life,  we will identify those that serve you as well as the beliefs that limit you. When you can envision and get clear about the life you most want, you can create it. Isn't it time you start living a deliberate life?

 

Professional Development:

If you feel unsatisfied; are in a career transition, or just don't know what you could do that would be fulfilling, coaching is for you!

 

Learn the tools and a proven method to discover your life purpose. 

 

Identify your values, the actions that bring you satisfaction and create a strategy to find the career or position that will fulfill you. 

  

Karen Urbano, MS, LPC

Therapy for Children and Adults

 

860-304-9633

Rocky Hill, CT

 

 

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