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Whether you’re dealing with trauma, abuse, addiction, PTSD, or other life challenges, EMDR/Clinical Hypnosis can help improve your life.

At Life Skills Resource Group, we have counselors that specialize in techniques that can accelerate your healing for certain types of issues.  These techniques include EMDR and Clinical Hypnosis.


EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a specialized therapy developed in the late 1980’s by Dr. Francine Shapiro.  EMDR uses bilateral stimulation, which is a process of alternately stimulating one side of the body and then the other to reduce distress.  Within EMDR this is accomplished through having a client follow the therapist’s fingers or a light bar from side to side with just their eyes, using headphones that emit sounds into one ear and then the other, or having the client hold a device in each hand that delivers pulses into one hand and then the other.

EMDR is commonly used to help with issues including:

  • Processing and healing traumatic memories
  • Processing and healing sexual violence and other abuse
  • Processing and healing past wounds, even if not traumatic
  • Treating PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Anxiety and other conditions when associated with specific events

EMDR is able to help with traumatic memories by deliberately accessing a separate area of the brain where the memory is locked in place with the accompanying distressing thoughts and feelings.  EMDR then brings up the traumatic memory within a safe and guided process and helps the client make sense out of what happened, so that they can free themselves of the distress along with the myriad of symptoms it has created.  You can learn more about EMDR in our counselor Risa Bos’ blog on EMDR.

Our counselor Risa Bos, MA, who is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor is highly trained in EMDR.  To schedule a free phone consultation with Risa, call 407.234.4861 or visit her individual page to learn more about her.

Clinical Hypnosis

When you think of clinical hypnosis you might imagine something comical, like a hypnotist making his subject crow like a rooster when they hear a certain word or sound.  Don’t worry, that kind of hypnotism isn’t considered therapeutic!

Clinical Hypnosis is really just a heightened state of relaxation, achieved through a deliberate and gradual process of induction : helping the client achieve a trance state through use of imagery and systematic relaxation.  Some clients feel fully aware, while others feel like they were asleep throughout the experience.  Once in the trance state, a skilled hypnotherapist can access the subconscious mind and makes positive suggestions or negative associations for change in the client’s life, depending on what the client has requested.

Clinical hypnosis can be helpful if you’re dealing with issues including:

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Addiction
  • Trying to quit smoking
  • Trying to change diet or lose weight
  • Phobias
  • Chronic pain
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feelings of being stuck

You can learn more about Clinical Hypnosis in our counselor Risa Bos’ blog on the subject.

Our counselor Risa Bos, MA, who is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, is highly trained in Clinical Hypnosis.  To schedule a free phone consultation with Risa, call 407.234.4861 or visit her individual page to contact her directly.

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