Services are covered by most benefits (but NOT EAP/EFAP -Employee and Family Assistance Programs). For more information, check with your employer to determine limits and eligibility. Ensure that your plan covers services provided by a registered social worker and/or psychologist.
EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes "frozen in time," and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. EMDR can help clear traumas experienced very early in childhood as well as recent traumas including those assocated with witnessing traumatic events (eg. first responders), complicated grief, abuse/assaults, and anxiety.
Play Therapy/ Sand Play Therapy
Children communicate their thoughts and feelings through play more naturally than they do through verbal communication.
Sand has been a healing medium across many cultures and throughout time. In Sandplay therapy, a scene is made from figures and objects placed in a tray of sand. Sandplay may open the person to re-experience pre-verbal and non-verbal states. Children understand (recognize) language before they can speak (recall) language. An adult may have forgotten or never learned words for some inner experience. Yet they may recognize a figure intuitively without being able to recall why or what it is. That's why Sandplay therapists sometimes say, "Let the figure pick you!"
A basic premise of Sandplay therapy is that the psyche possesses a natural tendency to heal itself, given the proper conditions. Similar to how our physical wounds heal under beneficial conditions, the psyche also has an instinctual wisdom that emerges when left free to operate naturally in a protected environment.
“Often the hands know how to solve a riddle with which the intellect has wrestled in vain.”
C. G. Jung.