EMDR Therapy, also know by its long name – Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing – was first formally taught as a therapeutic approach in the early 1990’s. Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., is credited with the discovery and (ongoing) articulation of EMDR Therapy and she continues to develop the theory behind this fascinating form of psychotherapy. [Read more…]
I’m Dave MacDonald with David J. MacDonald LCSW, PLLC. I’m a Clinical Social Worker licensed to practice clinical psychotherapy in North Carolina and Georgia. I’m specially trained to offer you leading-edge and research based alternative therapies like EMDR Therapy® for PTSD or HeartMath® Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback training for lower stress and more coherent decision making.
I’m trained in the Internal Family Systems® and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® model of clinical psychotherapy and offer the Alpha-Stim SCS® a non-drug treatment for anxiety, depression and insomnia. For the treatment for grief, a somewhat unconventional treatment protocol related to EMDR Therapy® – the Induced After-Death Communication® or IADC – is showing promise. Many of the most promising therapies today are those which are informed by recent developments in Attachment Theory and the growing field of Interpersonal Neurobiology; these newer therapies are frequently able to touch and heal certain types of emotional problems which conventional talking oriented styles of therapy have failed to resolve. These therapies recognize and seek to activate the natural healing tendencies existing in the body-mind of every person. I believe that the body’s experience of feeling safe in the moment by moment unfolding of a therapeutic relationship is an essential aspect of healing; that therapy is a collaborative process between the patient and therapist and that therapy, at its core, is about learning to live more fully and creatively.