Is trauma getting in your way of living a fulfilling life?
1 in 3 people who experience traumatic events develop symptoms like flashback, insomnia, difficulties concentrating, night terrors and feeling as if you were back at the time of the trauma when exposed to triggers. This can be incredibly inhibitating.
Good news is...we are naturally equipped to process trauma
This process is called Adoptive Information Processing (AIP). As time goes on, the severity of the trauma becomes 'smoother' because we are able to make sense of the event. However, sometimes AIP doesn't kick in due to many reasons, like the magnitude of the trauma, our age when we experienced the trauma, and our mental capacity at the time of the trauma.
Processing trauma doesn't mean forgetting
In fact, processing a traumatic experience means we are learning from it, integrating it with our relationships with others, and allowing it to give new meaning to our lives.
EMDR has been proven to reduce symptoms
EMDR is the recommended treatment for PTSD in the NICE guidelines. It has a 77% success rate in reducing trauma-induced symptoms for those who experience prolonged trauma and a 90% success rate for those who experience single-event trauma.
Arts therapy offers different perspectives
Movement helps us get in touch with how trauma impacts on our body, music has the power of putting us in a different (healthier) frame of mind, drawing helps us discover new perspectives. With my background as a HCPC registered arts therapist, I incorporate creative ideas in people's trauma processing experience so you feel supported as you process difficult memories.
I'm Crystal and I help people grow from their trauma through
Having experienced loss myself, I understand how conflicted we can feel about facing the past. It is important to me that you feel nurtured as you navigate through the tangled past. That's why I integrate my knowledge as an arts therapist into my EMDR practice.
childhood trauma survivor
I love that we begin and finish sessions with music and drawing. It eases me into processing my experience and restore my calmness at the end of session.
I was worried EMDR will erase my memory of my son, but it didn't. In fact, it's taken the edge off the difficult memories so I can now remember him without getting upset.
I came out of sessions with a better frame of mind and renewed motivation everytime!