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Trauma Therapy 

Unearth Your Resilience, Take Back Control.

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Trauma Healing & EMDR

Trauma can have a profound impact on your life. My trauma therapy services are designed to provide a safe and supportive space for healing. I employ evidence-based approaches to help you process and overcome the effects of trauma, empowering you to rediscover your strength and reclaim your life. I believe in your innate strength and I am committed to helping you harness it. It's not just about addressing the wounds; it's about empowering you to rewrite your narrative, to stand resilient in the face of adversity, and to reclaim the reins of your life. Together, we'll explore the layers of your resilience, uncovering the courage and strength that may have been dormant. By the end of this journey, you won't just be on the path to recovery; you'll be equipped with the understanding and skills needed to navigate life's challenges with newfound confidence and resilience.

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Sexual Trauma Therapy

Every 73 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. Effects of sexual violence can last far past the initial assault. This can include PTSD, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, shame, lack of self-worth, mood swings, chronic pain, depression, sexual dysfunctions, and more. The statistics are alarming, the residual effects profound, but amidst the darkness, it's crucial to remember: recovery is not only plausible but attainable.

Every survivor's journey is unique, and acknowledging the complexity of the healing process is the first step toward empowerment. As disheartening as the statistics are, they don't define the potential for recovery. Rather, they underscore the importance of seeking the support and guidance needed to navigate the path towards healing. Recovery is not a linear path, but it is a journey filled with possibilities, growth, and empowerment. If you're considering therapy, know that you're not alone, and it's a courageous step towards reclaiming your life. Know that I am here to walk alongside you, offering guidance, understanding, and unwavering support as you embark on this transformative journey towards healing and self-empowerment.

EMDR Therapy 

an evidence-based approach designed to help you process traumatic experiences, reduce emotional distress, and pave the way for a renewed sense of well-being

  • How does EMDR therapy differ from other therapies?
    EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or homework between sessions. EMDR, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue allows the brain to resume its natural healing process. EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. Part of the therapy includes alternating eye movements, sounds, or taps. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies.
  • How can EMDR therapy help?
    Our brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories and events. While many times traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, they may not be processed without help. Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.
  • What is EMDR Therapy?
    EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. Experiencing trauma can affect the brain's natural ability to recover from distressing events. EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories through alternating eye movements, sounds, or taps. EMDR therapy has been extensively researched and has demonstrated effectiveness for trauma.
  • Do I have to pay now?
    No. Cards are kept on file on an encrypted, secure platform in which are charged the week in which the cycle begins. *Payment plans are available
  • How do I register?
    First, we need you to please complete this brief pre-screening form so that we can reach out to you to schedule a free phone consultation to discuss the group of your choice. After the completion of the phone consultation, we will complete enrollment by sending you the consent forms. After all consent items are completed, you are registered and will receive all of the confidential schedule information and the virtual link to access the 8 – week group.
  • What is the format and style of this group?
    These groups are didactic and interactive in nature, meaning that the facilitator (a Licensed Psychotherapist) leads and structures the group. Each week, the group facilitator, guides all discussions, and processes, by providing edication, answering questions, and teaching structured exercises, and interventions.
  • Do I have to speak in my group?
    Sharing is not required, however attendees are always given the opportunity to do so, if they yearn for emotional and intimate interpersonal connections.
  • Can I be anonymous?
    These groups are designed as an interactive experience in which participants learn how to connect with vulnerability while gaining insight into emotional needs. Participants have the options to utilize an anonymous Pseudonym faux name if they choose to do so. All participants are kindly asked to have their cameras on to add to the cohesive experience. Our encrypted platform is HIPAA compliant and has full confidentiality secure limited access to registered group attendees only.
  • Are EMDR Intensives covered by insurance?
    Coverage varies, and it's recommended to check with your insurance provider. While some aspects of the intensive may be covered, others may not. We can provide you with necessary documentation for potential reimbursement.
  • What is EMDR Therapy?
    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach designed to help individuals process and heal from distressing life experiences. EMDR Therapy utilizes bilateral stimulation, typically through eye movements, sounds, or taps, to assist in the reprocessing of traumatic memories. EMDR therapy has been extensively researched and has demonstrated effectiveness for trauma.
  • What types of issues can EMDR be used for?
    EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a versatile therapeutic approach known for its effectiveness in addressing a wide range of psychological issues. EMDR can be used for: 1. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): EMDR is particularly recognized for its success in treating PTSD resulting from various traumatic experiences, including accidents, assault, combat, and natural disasters. 2. Trauma and Abuse: EMDR is beneficial for individuals who have experienced different types of trauma, such as childhood abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. 3. Anxiety Disorders: EMDR has demonstrated efficacy in alleviating symptoms associated with anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety disorder. 4. Depression Individuals whose depressive symptoms are linked to traumatic events can find relief through EMDR therapy. 5. Phobias EMDR is applied to help individuals process and overcome specific phobias, such as fear of flying, heights, or animals. 6. Grief and Loss: EMDR may aid individuals in processing grief and loss associated with death, divorce, or significant life changes. 7. Addiction: EMDR can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan for addiction, addressing underlying traumas contributing to addictive behaviors. 8. Pain Disorders: In certain cases, EMDR is explored as a complementary therapy for chronic pain conditions, addressing the psychological aspects of pain. 9. Performance Anxiety: EMDR has been used to address performance anxiety in various areas, including public speaking, athletic performance, creative pursuits, and sexual performance anxiety. 10. Self-Esteem Issues: EMDR can be beneficial for individuals dealing with low self-esteem, helping them process and reframe negative beliefs about themselves.
  • Can I choose EMDR Intensives as an adjunct to regular therapy?
    Yes, EMDR Intensives can be used as an adjunct to your regular therapy sessions or as standalone sessions. The approach is adaptable to complement your ongoing therapeutic journey.
  • Are there any circumstances under which a prolonged session would not be recommended?
    Yes, there are a few: If someone is taking a benzodiazepine medication daily. If someone has bipolar disorder and is actively in a hypomanic or manic phase or it is the normal time of year where they may cycle into one. If someone who is dissociative is not set up with support and does not feel that they can manage their symptoms well. If trust is a concern, such as building the therapeutic relationship, then I would recommend weekly or biweekly at first and then potentially consider prolonged session options at a later time.
  • I have more questions or different questions, when can we chat?
    I have an initial free (up to 30 minute) video consultation I offer which can be booked via email at holly@thehollywoodsexologist.com
  • Are EMDR Intensives worth the time and money?
    EMDR Intensives give you the results you would get from months of therapy in a much shorter period of time. If you add up the cost of weekly therapy, an EMDR Intensive is actually more cost effective. Instead of waiting months, you can get the same results in a few days.
  • What are EMDR Therapy Intensives?
    EMDR Therapy Intensives are concentrated sessions that offer an accelerated and focused approach to the EMDR therapeutic process. Unlike traditional weekly sessions, intensives provide extended, uninterrupted time to delve deeper into the healing journey.
  • What's the dfference between the intake session and the pre and post meet?
    The intake session is done prior to the day long intensive. This is a totally separate appointment which can be done virtually or in person. This session focuses on establishing rapport, assessments, and any history gathering needed. The pre meet is focused on my pre screening questions and to outline the plan for the day of the intensive. I have a set of pre screening questions so that we can make any modifications needed and set you up for success prior to, during and after the intensive. We also always review any questions you may have and setting up after care plans and care. The post meet is to allow for any questions or feedback that you have after completing the intensive.
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