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My Services

I am trained in depth psychology and brain science.  My primary tools are EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing) and IFS -- Internal Family Systems.  With my background in depth psychology I bring a deep respect for the unconscious to the work with brain-based treatments like EMDR and IFS.  We are multi-faceted beings and our emotional life is just one of the ways we are informed.  When we are out of balance in our world, whether it be emotional, intellectual or physical, it takes a toll on our lives.  Effective psychotherapy can free us up to bring in healthy skills and to live a life based on choice rather than reactivity.

EMDR -- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing is a powerful technique for processing trauma.  Francine Shapiro, PhD developed the technique in the 1980's and it has been used all over the world helping millions of people.  It is based on the premise that when we experience trauma we get stuck.  As if the record (remember those?!) gets stuck in a groove and keeps skipping.  It can't move on.  The brain is holding the narrative separately from the emotions and one cannot integrate the experience.  EMDR helps get us unstuck while not having to re traumatize ourselves experiencing the trauma all over again.  

In the world of trauma we talk about 3 basic types of trauma:  Simple, Moderate and Complex.  Simple trauma is when the event is not personal.  It is something like being at the wrong place at the wrong time.  Something like war.  Moderate trauma is when it is more personal.  It does not involve someone who is supposed to love and protect you like a family member, but it is more personal.  Perhaps something like a home invasion.  Complex trauma is what I work with the most.  This is when the abuser is someone who is supposed to love and protect us.  It is the ultimate betrayal.  All 3 kinds of trauma can be treated with EMDR.  The less complex traumas need less time than the complex trauma.  It is powerful to watch people really move through a trauma to the point of letting it go.  It is quite the process.

Internal Family Systems was developed by Richard Schwartz, PhD.  Dr. Schwartz applied the concept of family systems therapy to the individual's psyche.  The idea is that we all have multiple parts or roles.  When the parts work together in harmony we are balanced, make healthy decisions and live more fully.  Most of us have parts that are not integrated.  Whether it comes from childhood experiences, life traumas, general biology, we have parts that take over and derail us.  For instance, if I have experienced pain, but not worked through it I may have any number of active parts -- let's say anger or addiction.  These parts take over when my pain is triggered and I may react out of anger, or suppress the feelings with a substance or any other of reactive behaviors.  We are unable to access our inner "best self" and therefore make choices from habit or defiance or some other unhealthy place. IFS helps us identify our parts, help them heal and lessen their intensity and balance our system.  It is a great tool to use with trauma and life issues in general.

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Transform trauma and
thrive

Carole Orem, PhD

Online based in South Portland, Maine

corem@caroleorem.com

207-318-5886

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