4 EMERGING THERAPY ALTERNATIVES

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

TMS uses an electromagnetic coil placed near the forehead to generate electric currents that stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain associated with mood control and depression. Although depression is a treatable condition, often standard psychotherapy is ineffective. TMS is considered safer than shock therapy for depression, as seizures are rare. In an article written for The New York Times, several studies with mixed results from TMS clinical trials are presented. Nonetheless, many practictioners are recommending TMS to patients with symptoms that are unresponsive to medication or those who are simply unable to tolerate the side effects.

 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a revolutionary therapy technique developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph. D. that utilizes eye movements in combination with emotional memories in order to process through trauma. EMDR has been hailed as one of the most effective therapies for treating post-traumatic stress syndrome. There are eight phases of EMDR treatment that begin with assessing the patients mental stability and progresses with multiple sessions of eye movements until there is no longer an emotional response when a certain memory is triggered. See this previous post all about EMDR and the different phases of treatment.

Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT)

RRT is a holistic psycho-therapeutic approach to treating a wide range of issues including anxiety, childhood trauma, addictions, fears, phobias, and rage. RRT was developed by Dr. Jon Connelly to eliminate the pattern of destructive behaviors associated with the effects of trauma. Similar to the EMDR process, during RRT a perceived negative behavior or emotion is identified and the root of the problem is eliminated. The mind is then cleared of negativity.

Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT)

DMT is based on the idea that the mind, body, and spirit are all strongly connected. The focus of DMT is on the movement of the body and how it is an form of expression, communication, and adaptation. DMT can be practiced in a wide age-range and in a variety of formats including couples and groups. With DMT, it is possible to gather a deeper understanding of the relationship between mind and body.