Lasting Wellness Counselling Services
Lisa Clendening, BEd, MSW, RSW
Counselling starts with a thorough assessment to bring about an awareness of your strengths, concerns, and goals, and provides a framework for developing desirable solutions. Counselling is done online to maximize your convenience and privacy and can be done through Zoom (a free software that is more secure than Skype), phone, or text.
Online Mindfulness and Meditation
A definition of Mindfulness is "paying attention in a particular way on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally, bringing one's complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis". Clinical research has shown that the benefits of a consistent mindfulness practice include reduced worrying, stress reduction, increase in working memory, improved focus, less emotional reactivity, more cognitive flexibility, increased relationship satisfaction, enhanced intuition, and increased immune functioning.
Meditation can involve a number of different practices from breathwork to focusing on different aspects of your physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual being. I am experienced in facilitating a number of different meditation practices. Research has shown that regular meditation practices, of all kinds, may boost measures of health, happiness, social functioning, self-control, brain function, and productivity.
Online Clinical Hypnosis
Qualified health care professionals use clinical hypnosis to explore and address a wide variety of health and well-being matters. Hypnosis is a natural state, very much like when we’re daydreaming or driving down the highway and not paying attention to the signs for a while. It is a trance-like state which occurs throughout the course of a day. Most people have a natural ability to respond to calming suggestions. If you wish to focus your mind, you can likely enjoy entering a hypnotic state, especially with practice, by listening to the voice of a trained, trusted therapist. Clinical hypnosis can only be entered voluntarily, and you accept only the suggestions that you choose to accept.
The American Psychological Association defines hypnosis as “A state of consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness characterized by an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion.”
In clinical hypnosis, you are focused and aware of your environment. People describe clinical hypnosis as a pleasant, calming, clearly remembered experience which involves a state of relaxed consciousness.
There are many conditions where clinical hypnosis is known to be effective through attention to our perceptions, thoughts, feelings and actions. When carried out by a professionally trained and skilled hypnotherapist, the benefits can be long-lasting and often permanent.
Clinical hypnosis is in a continual state of development. Many of its practitioners conduct research at major universities and hospitals, and publish their finding in peer-reviewed journals in psychology, psychiatry, and the neurosciences,
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and many other mental health problems. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.
No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes "frozen in time," and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.
Approximately 20 controlled studies have investigated the effects of EMDR. These studies have consistently found that EMDR effectively decreases/eliminates the symptoms of post traumatic stress for the majority of clients. Clients often report improvement in other associated symptoms such as anxiety. The current treatment guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies designate EMDR as an effective treatment for post traumatic stress. EMDR was also found effective by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, the United Kingdom Department of Health, the Israeli National Council for Mental Health, and many other international health and governmental agencies. Research has also shown that EMDR can be an efficient and rapid treatment.