I’m super grateful for therapy, EFT tapping*, EMDR therapy**, reparenting techniques, and other mental health tools I’ve had the great good fortune to take advantage of. These days I can almost immediately identify when something from the past is muddying up the emotional waters, and clear it out so I can be present to what’s happening now.
Example: I’m pushing myself outside my comfort zone this weekend to co-facilitate a community event. A small voice inside me insists “i can’t.” I recognize this voice as a much younger, frightened version of myself. Using reparenting techniques, I comfort this part of me and assure her she doesn’t have to do it, I’ve got it. She can play and be a kid while I take care of the grown up stuff. The “i can’t” voice quiets and I feel ready to move forward.
It feels like a miracle, but healing really is possible.
*EFT=Emotional Freedom Techniques. EFT Tapping is a body-centered therapy that targets acupressure points to reduce the intensity of emotional distress. Gwen Orwiler is a skilled and empathetic EFT practitioner who I highly recommend.
**EMDR=Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy. Designed to help you reprocess past traumatic events so they no longer have an emotional charge. It’s been really effective for me. More on this coming up!