1212 East Arapaho Road, Ste 244, Richardson, Texas 75081, United States
Our counselor Shelly Gloyna breaks down her process for guiding female clients into compassion, peace, and hope.
We hear your needs and match you with someone who will be a great fit for helping you specifically
We prioritize empathy, understanding, and the fruits of the spirit
Our highly experienced counselors offer you alternative perspectives and instruction
We use guided methods to help direct you toward positive outcomes
From The Power of Spiritual and Psychological Principles
Breaking free from the bondage of sins
At Samaritan's Well it is our mission to help people address their emotional needs with Biblical counseling and evidence-based practice. In addition to Biblical counseling and pastoral care, we also offer our clients Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. EMDR can help to alleviate emotional distress associated with trauma and difficult life experiences by helping the person reprocess memories in a way that brings healing and resolution. With a combination of Biblical insight and EMDR therapy, we strive to create an atmosphere grounded in hope and powered by enduring purpose, which helps our clients reshape their lives for the better. It's common for people of all ages to feel overwhelmed at times, but there is support available for those who need it. It's great that you're seeking ways to boost your mood and outlook. To begin, let's discuss how challenging experiences can affect us.
During difficult or unfavorable circumstances such as mistreatment, harassment, mishaps, domestic conflict, and other similar situations, our brain develops 'files' or 'apps' that store all the emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations linked to that particular event. When we experience events that are not too traumatic, our brains can process and organize them before storing them as memories. This means that negative details are filtered out, while positive aspects are retained and can be used as a learning experience. If an event is particularly negative or has occurred multiple times, the brain may become overwhelmed and unable to properly organize and process the associated memories. This can result in disarrayed and disjointed memory files or apps.
Triggers, which are various life events, can activate files or apps. These triggers could be instances such as classmates teasing us, being ignored, not receiving something we asked for, or being told by our parents to clean up our room. Once these triggers activate the files or apps, we begin to experience the same negative emotions, thoughts, and physical reactions that occurred during the original negative event.
EMDR can assist in organizing and integrating memories in the brain, allowing us to process and understand them more effectively. This can decrease the likelihood of everyday triggers causing negative emotions or behaviors, such as anger, sadness, shame, or feelings of inadequacy. However, EMDR is not a quick fix and requires effort, but the potential benefits of feeling better make it a worthwhile endeavor.
During EMDR therapy, one of the techniques involves moving your eyes back and forth while recalling a difficult memory. This is similar to what happens during REM sleep when your eyes move from side to side. EMDR therapists are trained to guide you through the process and provide more information about it. It's important not to try this technique on your own as it is not recommended.
Let your parents know you are interested in receiving EMDR therapy, so they can support you in finding a therapist in your area.