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Santa Monica, CA – Michelle King is an experienced registered Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in trauma, anxiety, and addiction, with a focus on EMDR therapy.
Developed by psychologist Francine Shapiro, EMDR, which stands for “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing,” treats anything from trauma to addiction, anxiety, eating disorders, and panic attacks.
Describing EMDR as a brain-based therapy, Michelle explains how EMDR actually works. The brain has three parts: what we can call the “thinking brain,” the “feeling brain,” and the “primitive brain.” When a “regular” memory is processed, it is stored in the thinking brain, while traumatic memories are stored in the primitive brain, which is where the fight/flight/freeze response can get activated. In an EMDR session, Michelle facilitates bilateral stimulation, typically through eye movements, which reprocesses a traumatic memory and basically moves it from the primitive brain to the thinking brain. Afterwards, a person’s responses to trauma change, and the negative thoughts that have been causing them so much pain no longer have a strong emotional charge. They can become more at peace and once again, life can be good. Of course, every case is unique and results can vary, but EMDR therapy is scientifically proven to be very effective.
Michelle states that through the power of EMDR therapy you can change the way you see yourself and turn your negative thoughts and perceptions into healthy positive ones. She is honored to have gained the trust of her clients so they can share their most extreme vulnerabilities. Michelle is passionate about helping as many people as she can.
For more information, visit www.kingfamilytherapy.org