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Processing Emotions through EMDR Therapy with Rachel Harris

October 29, 20232 min read

In this episode of the She's Healthy podcast we talk with my friend and Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Rachel Harris. In this episode Rachel explains EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, the primary modality that Rachel uses in her practice. Here are the key takeaways:

  1. Getting to Know Rachel Harris: To kick things off, we delve into Rachel's background, exploring her passion for mental health, her journey into becoming a licensed counselor, and the experiences that have shaped her therapeutic approach.

  2. Demystifying EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy: Rachel breaks down EMDR therapy for us, explaining what it is, how it works, and why it's such a powerful tool for healing emotional wounds. Learn how EMDR can help individuals process and reframe traumatic memories.

  3. Who Can Benefit from EMDR? Discover who EMDR therapy is right for, as Rachel discusses its effectiveness in addressing both "Big T" traumas (major life events) and "Little t" traumas (everyday stressors). Gain insights into how EMDR can be a game-changer for those struggling with various emotional challenges.

  4. The Impact of Trauma on Attachment Styles: Rachel explores how trauma can affect our attachment styles and relationships. Understand the connection between our past experiences and the way we relate to others in the present.

  5. The Complexity of Trauma: Rachel highlights that trauma can encompass events that happened to us and also events that didn't happen but should have. This insightful perspective reminds us that everyone has a unique story and struggles to overcome.

  6. Understanding Psychological Responses: Fight, Flight, Freeze, and Fawn: Learn about the psychological responses to trauma, including Fight, Flight, Freeze, and Fawn. Rachel helps us comprehend how these responses can manifest and impact our daily lives.

  7. Modalities Beyond Talk Therapy: EMDR, Somatic Therapy, and Brain Spotting: Discover how EMDR, somatic therapy, and brain spotting can be more effective than traditional talk therapy for certain individuals. Rachel discusses their benefits and when they might be most suitable.

  8. Tuning into the Body: Recognizing Emotions: Rachel emphasizes the importance of tuning into our bodies to recognize and process emotions. She provides practical insights into how this mind-body connection can aid emotional healing.

  9. Finding a Therapist Near You: Rachel shares valuable advice on how to find a therapist near you. Whether you're looking for an EMDR practitioner or exploring other modalities, she offers guidance on the search process.

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Lori Aikman

Lori Aikman is a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner, Functional Wellness Coach and FASTer Way To Fat Loss Coach. She helps ambitious women in their 30s & 40s boost their energy and lose fat with ease through natural hormone balance.

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