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Dee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice since 2012. She received her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, College of Social Work in Memphis, TN, and a Bachelor of Social Work from Union University in Jackson, TN. She is trained in several forms of therapy including the highly effective EMDR processing method, and she incorporates all methods to best serve her clients.
Dee helps sort through your thoughts so you can discern what is real and what is based on FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real). Through EMDR Therapy and clinically proven counseling techniques, Dee guides clients into unlocking past traumas and ultimately rediscovering their true selves, redefining their current circumstances, and recreating their future lives. Below are some commonly reported benefits of counseling with Dee:
Practical, Expected Results:
EMDR stands for “Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing” and is a way of unlocking traumatic, emotional memories deep within the brain and "re-configuring" how those negative memories are stored, breaking the power of unconscious, negative emotions and unknown triggers to such emotions. EMDR has been researched and practiced for the past 20 years and has become a highly developed and acclaimed method for helping people who have experienced any range of disturbing or traumatic events.
EMDR Therapy couples bilateral stimulation (eye-movements, tapping, or sound) with a person's memory of a traumatic event which allows the brain to essentially re-route emotional memories from the deep recesses of the limbic system to the cerebral cortex. Thus, the emotions associated with the traumatic event are no longer triggered by seemingly random, unknown circumstances, people, sounds, smells, etc. but rather actively recognized, processed, and controlled by the individual. Subsequently, thoughts and behaviors become based on the facts of a given situation as opposed to underlying negative emotions linked to a past event.
Why Choose EMDR Therapy?
Without EMDR Therapy, a person can live his/her entire life without resolving the past which results in a multitude of negative emotions and behaviors that adversely affect not only one's own well-being but also sabotages relationships, goals, and dreams, creating a cycle of negativity and unrest. While discussing experiences through common forms of counseling helps, it is not always enough to fully resolve past traumas because the emotions and triggers are stored outside one's consciousness. Thus, one may attempt to change how he/she thinks or acts only to be met with short-term success followed by frustration, relapses, and ultimately disappointment and guilt. Moreover, while medications will help a person cope and manage symptoms, the source of the problem is left uncovered, unresolved and manifests in all facets of one's life. Some may attempt to "self-medicate" to mask or numb recurrent effects of past trauma. Such attempts may seem to help but they actually intensify the cycle of negative memories and unwanted, uncontrolled thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. EMDR Therapy, however, allows you to unlock maladaptive neuro-pathways and process traumas so that these hurtful past events stop controlling your present and limiting your future.
To understand why EMDR Therapy is essential to fully processing and overcoming past traumas and their residual effects on our lives, one must first have a general understanding of how our brains work. The brain is constantly working whether we are aware of what is being processed or not. Most of the information the brain processes and stores is in the cerebral cortex and is consciously accessible. However, many emotionally charged experiences are processed differently and are stored in the lymbic system--a structure pertinent to survival and automatic. Thus, much of our emotional memories--especially traumatic ones--are stored outside our own consciousness and affect how we interpret and respond to our current environment.
When the brain attempts to process traumatic experiences, it acts as if survival is threatened and normal processing channels are shut down so the brain can speed up processing and activate response quickly, our "fight, flight, or freeze" response or survival mode. Consequently, our left (logical) side of the brain shuts down and all information--including all five senses--is captured by the right (creative/emotional) side of the brain while the most traumatic information is stored in the limbic system apart from conscious, logical processing. Moreover, the memories our brain has processed and stored throughout our lives are "associative" which means the brain groups memories based on their similarity and creates neurological pathways for efficient access, creating "adaptive neuro-pathways" for positive memories and "maladaptive neuro-pathways" for negative memories. Thus, when any current circumstance triggers a negative memory, the brain activates other negative memories starting a downward spiral of not only thoughts but physical responses in our bodies which in turn direct our behaviors.
Therefore, the brain preserves and activates the emotions and bodily responses associated with trauma long after the actual event, and these negative memories are triggered, seemingly for no apparent reason, throughout a person's life, and when these feelings are triggered, the person has little to no conscious awareness of what is happening or why he/she is feeling or responding in a certain way. Thus, a person becomes essentially trapped by memories he/she has no conscious control over. EMDR refers to this unfortunate paradigm as "the past that lives in the present" and was created and is effectively practiced to unlock the past so people can take charge of the present.
“There are studies that say that the number one risk factor for premature death from cardiovascular disease is hostility and resentment and what is called cynical mistrust.” ~ Deepak Chopra
We espouse the truth that we were meant to have and enjoy life in abundance, to the full until it overflows (John 10:10). Therefore, we strive to empower individuals, couples, and families by providing clinically proven methods of EMDR Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy which focus on lowering stress, anxiety, and depression by fostering better decisions, mindsets, and ultimately increasing the capacity for compassion and trust.
You don't have to live in bondage, imprisoned by your past and crippled by your emotions. EMDR Therapy helps you unlock the puzzle of your mind, break the chains of your past and your emotions, and rediscover your true self.
Once unconscious traumas, emotions, and their residual effects on your life are discovered through EMDR Therapy, you are empowered to take control of your self-concept, your relationships, and redefine your present circumstances.
Effective use of EMDR Therapy allows you to stop passively existing, constantly ruled by reactive behavior and unconscious emotional responses. You have the power to take charge of your mind, will, and emotions and recreate your future.
Start the healing journey and schedule your EMDR appointment today!
Dee offers EMDR appointments on Thursdays. EMDR Therapy is provided on a "fee-for-service" or "self-pay" basis, and payment is due at the time of service. If out-of-network benefits are available, they are the responsibility of the client. Please check scheduling availability and make your appointment in the form below, or contact Dee for more information.
2790 N. Highland Ave Jackson, TN, 38305