Imaginal Desensitization

Exposure therapy is a traditional way of healing trauma. It exposes a person to the activating situation. But it pairs that exposure with relaxation, emotional support and self-talk, so the person becomes desensitized to the situation. This can be done using a gradual approach to the situation. As one moves closer to the triggering situation paired with coping resources,  one can learn to tolerate the experience and get over the fear.

Imaginal desensitization uses guided visualization to activate the response at a tolerable level, progressively approaching that experience in imagination. It helps desensitize the response. It is one of the methods I use and may employ in combination with other methods, where indicated, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), another evidence-based method of trauma healing.

To schedule a first appointment please select this link. Although experienced with emergencies, that is not my practice focus. As an outpatient therapist I work with people who can reliably cope, are not at risk or in crisis, do not have thoughts of self-harm, and are seeking to grow.