“Who/what is this treatment for?”
Everyone experiences adversity, and some of us have had more eventful lives than others. Even those who have had relatively protected lives have experienced moments of fear, anger, and maybe guilt, shame, or disgust. When people survive physical or sexual abuse or other violence or threats, they often have a stress response while it is happening. Stress and negative emotions may or may not continue to be activated by cues, triggers, or stimuli associated with the event.
Most people do not meet criteria for a mental health diagnosis but still have emotional memories that operate at and/or below the level of conscious awareness. Like an app running in the background, emotional reactions to situations that are no longer happening, take energy.
Common complaints or concerns:
- Panic attacks
- Dating confidence
- Job interviewing
- Test taking
- Artistic or athletic performance
- Suicide prevention
- Chronic pain and other somatic or medically unexplained symptoms (e.g., insomnia, headaches, sexual performance)
- Public speaking
“How long is the treatment?”
Treatment is typically completed in one to three several hour sessions.
“How will I know when treatment is over and if it worked?”
This relevant and seemingly simple question is not easily answered in traditional therapy. By the end of, typically a single, up to several-hour, session, we expect you to be able to think and talk about every detail of a previously traumatic or emotional memory or an anticipated event (e.g., interview or performance) with little or no negative feeling. We believe it is our job to impact your subconscious mind to achieve this outcome. Treatment focuses on a specific target to be resolved or cleared experientially during the session.
“What are ‘experiential, mind-body treatment processes’?”
Emotional Memory Center therapists focus specifically, narrowly and exclusively on your complaint (e.g., anger, anxiety, panic attacks, or traumatic memories). These reoccurring negative emotional and stress reactions can lead to or exacerbate many other conditions (e.g., addiction, eating disorders, depression), including many physical problems (e.g., hypertension, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome).
Anxiety or stress reactions shift every organ system away from maintenance and repair, to respond to an immediate threat. Such stress or anxiety is rarely useful to modern humans. It negatively affects the immune system and is associated with numerous chronic disease symptoms, as well as anxiety or trauma.
“What is involved? Is treatment painful or intrusive? Will a mental health diagnoses become part of my medical record?”
You do not undergo a biopyschosocial assessment or receive a DSM or mental health diagnosis. You also never “relive” or “re-experience” the event, but rather stay emotionally grounded or present throughout the entire process.
“What else happens in treatment?”
After demonstrating understanding of your felt experience, the therapist describes how the mind works and the role of emotions. Information is delivered via multilevel, effect-driven communication so as to impact primitive, subconscious mind. Safe yet powerful guided imagery, visualization, and/or hypnotic techniques are used to cause mind to be clear, focused, and present even when recalling information about a previously distressing event.
“Can I make my child, partner or other loved one go to treatment?”
No. All services are strictly voluntary. Treatment is for people who wish to adjust something in the way they automatically think, feel, or react.