One Size Does Not Fit All
You are unique. So your treatment needs are unique, too!
This is why the therapists at InnerStrength Therapy have specialized training beyond the "typical" therapy skills most therapists possess. They have specialty training in sex therapy and/or trauma therapy that are rooted in evidence-based, compassionate, strength-focused, and positive care. Our therapists can treat the "regular stuff," but if you have things that need the expertise of a specialist in trauma healing and/or sexuality, you don't need t look any further!
Sex therapy is a specialized form of therapy that focuses on addressing and resolving sexual concerns and difficulties. It is a collaborative and confidential process where individuals or those in a relationship work with a certified sex therapist to explore and improve their sexual functioning, intimacy, and overall sexual well-being.
Sex therapists are licensed mental health professionals who have received specialized training and supervision in sexuality and relationships. They create a safe and non-judgmental environment where clients can openly discuss their concerns, desires, and experiences related to sexuality. Through a combination of talk therapy, education, and specific techniques, sex therapists help clients identify and understand the underlying factors contributing to their sexual difficulties.
Sex therapy can address a wide range of concerns, including:
low sexual desire,
pain during intercourse,
and relationship issues affecting sexual satisfaction.
The therapeutic process involves exploring beliefs, attitudes, and emotions surrounding sex, enhancing communication and intimacy skills, developing strategies for managing sexual challenges, and promoting overall sexual health and satisfaction. Sex therapy is not solely focused on the physical aspects of sex but also takes into account psychological, emotional, and relational factors that impact sexual experiences. It aims to help individuals and couples improve their sexual functioning, develop a healthy and fulfilling sexual identity, and enhance their overall quality of life. By providing a supportive and knowledgeable environment, sex therapy empowers individuals and couples to overcome sexual concerns and enjoy more satisfying and rewarding sexual relationships.
Brainspotting for Treating Trauma
What is Brainspotting?
Brainspotting is a non-invasive, powerful, and focused therapy approach that has been used successfully with people with a wide array of concerns. The central concept of Brainspotting is "where you look can affect how you feel." Using focused attention, Brainspotting works by identifying, processing and releasing deep brain sources of emotional/body pain and trauma from within the brain (What is Brainspotting?, 2022). Brainspotting is used to treat many challenges including, but not limited to, trauma, depression, anxiety, and sports/ work performance. BioLateral sound (a sound that alternates ears) is often used in session to enhance this technique to manage mental health concerns.
How does Brainspotting treat trauma?
Although Brainspotting is a physiological approach to managing your mental health, the relationship with your therapist very important in the process. After working with you to understand your concerns, you will work with your therapist to determine if you would benefit from Brainspotting.
Brainspotting sessions occur within the standard therapy hour. The first 5-10 minutes of the session will involve checking any new developments since the last session, the next 20-30 minutes is focused on whatever you would like to address in the time together, and the last 5-10 minutes is spent on wrapping up and debriefing from the session.
Within the Brainspotting session your therapist will work with you to determine where in your visual field the concern is the most activating and ask you to focus on that location using a pointer. While focusing on the location, you can speak as little or as much as you would like. Clients often appreciate that healing can occur without having to talk through painful memories and experiences. BioLateral sound may be used in session to enhance the brain’s ability to process and heal itself.
Is Brainspotting effective and how can I learn more about it?
Early studies have suggested that Brainspotting can be as effective or more effective than many of the most common treatment approaches to trauma. Many individuals who have undergone Brainspotting have reported symptom reduction within the first several sessions.
Several research articles documenting the history and effectiveness of Brainspotting are available on the Brainspotting website through the following link: Research Articles on the Effectiveness of BSP