What is EMDR
EMDR (which stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that was developed by Ms. Francine Shapiro in 1989. It uses eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation to assist individuals in processing disturbing memories and beliefs.
This short video explains what EMDR therapy is and how it can help individuals process their traumatic and unpleasant memories.
What is CBT
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy where unhealthy ways of thinking are challenged and new ways of thinking are introduced. It is based on a premise that our thoughts have an impact on our feelings and also guide our behaviour. If we change the way we see the world, ourselves and think about actions of others, we might start feeling and behaving differently.
CBT is an evidence based intervention that can help people who experience anxiety, depression, anger or other mental health difficulties. CBT can be delivered in an individual or group format and often works well also for children who are 6 years or older.
Sandplay therapy is a therapeutic intervention utilising a box filled with sand, various figures, objects and natural items. Clients are asked to create a "world" in the sand and this oftentimes represent person's inner mind, their thoughts and feelings.
This therapeutic approach assists the client and therapist in identifying what is really going on for clients in their lives and can be used when working with young children who experience difficulty expressing their feelings and thoughts. It is also, however, helpful when working with adolescents and adults who are having difficulty identifying their inner struggles or find it too stressful to talk about their traumatic experiences.
It is important to notice things that make us feel happy, appreciated and just simply o.k. Feeling thankful for food we have to eat, clothes to wear, blue skies, healthy bodies ... can help us change the mindset from a negative and worrisome one to one that is healthy, positive and full of hope and optimism. The practice of gratitude goes back centuries and its value has been proven by millions of people experiencing improved health, mental health and overall well-being.
It is suggested to practice 3 BLESSINGS each day as a family: at dinner time or night time, each and every person in the family is to identify three good things that happened to them that particular day. This exercise can become a nice family bonding time and will not only lead to improved optimism and gratitude, but can also strengthen relationships amongst family members.