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 psychotherapy. 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 have advanced training in the Internal Family Systems® and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® models of psychotherapy and offer the Alpha-Stim SCS® a non-drug treatment for anxiety, depression and insomnia. For the treatment for grief, I can provide the Induced After-Death Communication® or IADC, a somewhat unconventional very short-term treatment method based on EMDR Therapy®.
Many of the most promising therapies today are those which are informed by recent developments in Attachment Theory, Somatic (or body) oriented models of therapy and the growing field of Interpersonal Neurobiology; these newer therapies are frequently able to touch and heal certain types of emotional problems which conventional so called “talking” based 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.