EMILY CIOFFI, LMHC
ABOUT EMILY: My experience enables me to offer effective individualized counseling modalities. I work with a number of mental health concerns, specializing in Addiction, PTSD, Anxiety disorders and Depression.
TREATMENT FOCUS: My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. Working together with you in a collaborative relationship, I will help you achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan.
CLIENT PROMISE: I promise to be there for you every step of your journey. My goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life by releasing self limiting beliefs, fear and anxiety. Helping you find peace of mind is my passion.
Emily provides a space for our darkest traumas to be healed. EMDR is a powerful and effective healing modality that permits the brain to release the grip of a painful memory that effects your feeling of self. Emily provides guidance as you take the journey within to process and release the deeply buried boxes of the past. The outcomes of altering a triggering memory go far past the session and had me feeling lighter and more myself than before.
Depression & Anxiety
Depression and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable mental health challenges that a person can experience . Some have struggled with these their whole life, while others only encounter them during specific seasons of life. Through counseling and ancillary modalities, you can be empowered to recover motivation, perspective, and the joy for living that you once had or have always longed for.
Trauma & PTSD
Many individuals experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. Utilizing psychotherapy and EMDR can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of healing. Research has shown EMDR to be a powerful therapy for conditions beyond trauma, such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, phobias and addiction.
The saying “you hold your issues in your tissues” refers to the psychosomatic component of wellness and healing. Trauma and anxiety is often stored in the body and can be alleviated through a somatic approach. I am equipped to assist you in addressing physical and psychological symptoms through yoga techniques and other evidence- based bodywork. Yoga and meditation modalities may be integrated into your treatment plan.
EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING (EMDR)
Why EMDR Therapy?
Many people have experienced traumatic events in their lives and suffer symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) including flashbacks, depressed mood, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, and irrational fear.
Even if you don’t identify with having significant trauma in your life, you may experience some of these same symptoms that result in you feeling stuck. Most people have something that is holding them back from their full potential and finding true peace and happiness in all the areas of their lives. Sometimes you may not even be aware of the damaging self-concept that dominates your unconscious mind and colors your entire life experience.
Or maybe you have a specific memory that causes you pain, grief, embarrassment or any distress that you don’t want to suffer with anymore. EMDR addresses any and all of these issues because it resets the brain’s ability to process traumatic experiences; identifies primary negative core beliefs and dismantles them; and takes the vividness and emotionality out of negatively charged memories.
Everyone can benefit from EMDR therapy. EMDR is powerful and fast—it can produce the same results in several sessions that may take years to achieve in traditional talk therapy. Studies have found just a few sessions of EMDR to be effective in decreasing or completely eliminating symptoms related to trauma and anxiety.
How does EMDR Therapy work?
There are several different hypotheses about how EMDR produces the profound results it does. While it’s not definitive yet which theory is the most comprehensive, there have been over 500 research studies and over 30 controlled studies on the efficacy of the treatment since 1989, making it one of the most researched therapies. This is why EMDR is used and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs as the therapy of choice for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD.
In addition, neuroimaging studies found anatomical changes in the brain after EMDR that indicate successful processing of trauma and symptom disappearance.
One of the theories is that EMDR does the same thing that Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep does. While you’re engaged in REM sleep, the experiential part of a memory that contains emotion and physiological responses becomes processed and detached from the memory so you are only left with an objective memory of the event. EMDR is thought of as REM on steroids as it takes the vividness and emotionality out of a disturbing memory, leaving only the episodic part of the event that we need to remember it.
A second theory states that when we experience a traumatic event, it can overwhelm our brain and the information gets stuck in the emotional center of the brain where new information cannot be integrated with the event. Think of a veteran who has flashbacks: Because the memories of these traumatic events are stored inappropriately in the emotional part of the brain and new adaptive information cannot be processed, the veteran will be easily triggered to experience the past in the present over and over again. EMDR works to jump start this stalled system.
There is also a more recent hypothesis that EMDR therapy is a meditation- like experience. The dual awareness stimulation implicit in EMDR activates the
pre-frontal cortex which regulates emotion and allows the client to experience the “self.”
Be ready for change.
You should be aware that EMDR can cause significant changes that cannot be undone. For example, some people have the belief that they do not matter or that they are not good enough. As a result, they may put everyone else’s needs ahead of their own or find themselves pandering for acceptance and giving themselves away for the benefit of others. EMDR can change those beliefs, thus changing the way the person sees themselves and how they see others. It may also change how they react to the world and how they allow the world to engage with them. Once this shift happens, the person has recognized their value and will not allow themselves to be treated otherwise. This can be a dramatic change that can cause upset for the family, friends, and even the client. This change cannot be undone. The insight remains.
EMDR is Not Just for PTSD Anymore.
Phobias: (DeJong et. Al., 1999 & 2003 & Doering, S, et. Al. 2013).
Performance Anxiety: (Maxfield & Melnyk, 2000).
Accident, Surgery, and Burn Victims: (Levin, 1993 & Wernik, 1993).
Panic Disorder: (Goldstein &Fiske, 1994).
Children with PTSD: (Greenwald, R. 1998 & Chemtob, C.M., Nakashima, J., & Carlson, J.G. 2002).
Anxiety: (Shapiro & Forrest, 1999).
Addiction: (Marich, 2008 & Henry, 1996 & Popky, 2006).
Depression: (Landry, 1994).
Pain Management: (Armstein, Caudill et. Al., 1997).
Phantom Limb Pain: (Shapiro & Forrest, 1997 & Vanderlaan, 2000.)
Ready to Make a Change?
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