Integrative Family Psychology of Springfield offers evaluation and therapy to help people:
- repair relationships
- recover from trauma
- reclaim creative energy for their life’s work.
In service of those goals, we offer the following services:
- EMDR Therapy for Trauma Recovery, Relapse Prevention, & Performance Enhancement
- Psychological Evaluation: Adult, Bariatric, Child/Adolescent
- Hypnotherapy for Behavior Change
- Life-Writing Groups
EMDR (eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapy is a relatively new approach to therapy which shows strong, positive results in therapy outcome research. EMDR is non-invasive. It involves bi-lateral stimulation, using guided eye-movement and/or gentle pulses in the hands.
EMDR promotes recovery from anxiety, panic, and post-traumatic stress symptoms by stimulating the memory network of the nervous system. It facilitates the body’s ability to organize information and clear unnecessary negative emotion. EMDR targets specific, disturbing information, and replaces unwanted thoughts/feelings with more useful ones.
EMDR helps those struggling with addiction – it works to minimize cravings and build new coping resources.
EMDR also works with the body’s natural ability to strengthen positive memory, skill, and calm focus. EMDR enhances performance in sports, music, academics, and other creative areas.
Evaluation involves a thorough interview and discussion of your background and family, a few (generally three to five) paper-and-pencil tests, and a follow-up discussion. Plan to spend several hours at your evaluation session. Bring a snack to the session and be sure to rest thoroughly the night before your evaluation.
We evaluate individuals seeking diagnostic information about:
- Academic Problems
- Parenting Problems
- Pre-Surgical Clearance
- Psychiatric Symptoms (e.g., mood and anxiety problems, difficulty sleeping, eating, or concentrating, unusual or unwanted behaviors)
- Anger-related Problems
- Substance Use Problems
Hypnotherapy combines regular talk therapy with the tool of deep relaxation and positive suggestion. We use hypnotherapy to help people overcome challenges like smoking and overeating. It helps people improve relationships and make positive, lasting changes.
- Learning and Perception
- Medical Recovery
- Surgery and Anesthesiology
- Chronic Pain Treatment
- Changes in Habit Patterns
The ethical therapist using hypnotherapy provides a safe, supportive, and professional environment for this service. There is no magic to hypnosis. We have learned useful ways to give suggestions to your unconscious mind. Your mind, in turn, accepts these positive suggestions and learns to act on them. We make sure that all hypnotic suggestions meet your approval before we begin the process.
Our minds are extremely suggestible. Bad habits like smoking get reinforced from all directions. We receive constant bombardment with negative suggestions from the outside. The suggestions come from advertising, visual cues in the environment, other people, etc. Thoughts from the inside may come from painful reminders of past experience, guilt/shame triggers, or other accumulated ways of thinking, feeling, and acting. In clinical hypnotherapy, we help you replace negative or unwanted thoughts and suggestions with new ones that promote the behavior change you want.
Some Additional Things to Know about Clinical Hypnotherapy:
- As you’re being hypnotized, You’re not asleep but totally aware of everything around.
- Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state that we all experience on a daily basis.
- Being hypnotized mirrors the experience of relaxing and starting to fall asleep.
- Your mind is active during hypnosis. Your thoughts are under your control, and you perceive all stimuli.
- Often, we write a specific hypnosis script, just for you, record it, and create a CD that you can use at home to strengthen new associations and suggestions.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to write your life story? Sometimes therapy can nurture your creative side. And sometimes a therapy group can also be a writers’ group! Recovery in a group setting costs less than individual therapy – and some research shows that groups are highly effective at helping us change behavior and reduce anxiety. We believe that everyone needs an outlet for self-expression – and life-writing is a very effective outlet that works even better in a group.
- encourages us to turn our experiences into words
- takes bad memories and transforms them into art
- gives the opportunity to share our story with others
- has been shown to reduce illness and visits to the physician
- reduces feelings of isolation and confusion
In a life-writing group, you’re paired with people whose concerns are like yours. You meet weekly or bi-weekly to share pieces of your writing and hear others share theirs. You receive feedback that helps you strengthen your skills and harvest your unique life story. You get support from other people who relate to your experience. You feel surrounded by positive caring and creativity.