Sharon M. Coleman, LICSW
Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being.
As a solution-focused therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a well-researched and established therapy that combines imagery, mindfulness, and cognitive techniques, and is often used in trauma counseling and in the treatment of anxiety.
EMDR usually involves focusing on a traumatic or disturbing memory. It is a healing process that enables the brain to resolve emotional trauma, and to gain insights into that memory, making it more effective than traditional talk therapy.
AEDP (Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy) is a transformation-based, healing-oriented psychotherapy whose aim is to foster the emergence of new and healing experiences through the in-depth processing of difficult emotional and relational experiences.
Intense emotional experiences and suffering are part and parcel of being alive. If properly regulated, they also become the pathways to developing resources that you can use to help you become resilient in dealing with the stresses of everyday living.
Being alone with unbearable emotions is at the root of why people struggle with anxiety and depression, and why they seek therapy. When these emotions threaten to overwhelm us, we need others to help us understand and regulate them. In AEDP, our goal is to be together so you can process these emotions.
The innate potential for healing and self-righting is lodged deeply in our brains and bodies. AEDP activates these naturally occurring, adaptive change processes.
When the self has reason to hope that a relationship has this potential, genuine, spontaneous responses emerge. AEDP accomplishes this because it is an affirming, emotionally engaged therapy.
"Using EMDR therapy, Sharon Coleman has helped me immensely to overcome serious and debilitating anxiety. I can’t sing the praises of this treatment enough or of Sharon’s patience and kindness—and skill as an EMDR practitioner. After a few sessions, I suddenly realized that I no longer reacted in the same predictable and unhealthy ways. This is very different from traditional counseling—where you can talk and talk and still have the problem. Sharon helped me pick a significant moment in my past, focus my attention on it, and EMDR did the rest." RLE Addison, Vt.