Trauma Therapy

Dr. Sara Dupuis is a trauma therapist based in East Lansing, Michigan. She has advanced training in trauma techniques, such as ART and EMDR.

Trauma plays a part in most of our lives. It can manifest in unique and complicated ways. As an experienced trauma therapist in Lansing, Michigan, Dr. Dupuis understands the complexities of those navigating the ripples of trauma. 

Trauma can take many forms. It can come from abuse, be it physical, emotional, or sexual. It can be the result of medical illness or the death of a loved one. Trauma can also come from everyday events or relational dynamics. Regardless of its origin, trauma can have a profound impact on our mental and physical well-being.

When we experience trauma, our body responds to the stress by releasing hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones trigger the body's "fight or flight" response and prepare us to react to the perceived threat. For some, this can result in feelings of helplessness and a lack of control over their body's reactions.

As a trauma therapist, Dr. Dupuis has helped many individuals navigate the complexities of trauma. Her approach is tailored to each client's unique experience and needs. With her guidance, clients learn to identify triggers, manage symptoms, and develop healthy coping strategies.

If you’re in need of trauma counseling in Lansing or the surrounding area, Dr. Dupuis's therapy techniques may help you to find tools for navigating your experiences of trauma. Dr. Dupuis has engaged in multiple trauma trainings. She is a Master Accelerated Resolution (ART) practitioner, and she also has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.

What is Accelerated Resolution Therapy?

 ART is a unique approach that blends elements of various traditional psychotherapy modalities to achieve rapid results.

The goal of ART is to recondition stressful memories, changing how these traumatic experiences are stored in the brain, and reducing their negative physical and emotional effects. ART uses techniques such as rapid eye movement, exposure, imagery rescripting, and guided imagery to accomplish this goal.

ART practitioners have a deep understanding of different psychotherapy frameworks, including EMDR, Gestalt, CBT, and BPP, and use this knowledge to design personalized treatment plans for their clients. ART is ideal for people who seek therapy to reduce symptoms related to traumatic or stress-inducing memories, as well as those looking to improve their resilience in a relatively short timeframe.

During ART sessions, individuals set the pace of therapy, choosing which memories to share and when. ART does not require people to recall or process traumatic memories between sessions. While ART incorporates rapid eye movement, it is essential to note that it does not involve hypnotherapy.

Dr. Dupuis works closely with clients to help them identify triggers, manage symptoms, and develop healthy coping strategies. ART interventions can be used alongside other treatments, including pharmacotherapy, to provide a holistic approach to mental health and well-being.

What is EMDR Therapy? 

EMDR is a type of trauma therapy that has been shown to produce results that once took years to achieve. By using a combination of detailed protocols and procedures, EMDR therapy helps clients activate their natural healing processes, allowing the brain to recover from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.

When a repeated injury irritates a physical wound, it causes pain and slows down the healing process. Similarly, when the impact of a disturbing event blocks or imbalances the brain's information processing system, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. EMDR therapy removes this block, allowing the brain to resume its natural healing process.

Dr. Dupuis works closely with clients to identify the root cause of their trauma and develop personalized treatment plans. During EMDR therapy sessions, clients follow a specific protocol that involves recalling traumatic memories while simultaneously focusing on external stimuli, such as eye movements or auditory tones. This process allows the brain to reprocess the traumatic memories, changing how they are stored and reducing their negative impact on mental health.

EMDR therapy is widely recognized as a highly effective form of trauma therapy, and Dr. Dupuis is trained in the latest techniques and protocols. If you're struggling with the emotional distress and symptoms resulting from traumatic experiences, know that you're not alone. Contact us today to learn more about how EMDR therapy can help you achieve your mental health goals.

If you're struggling with trauma or stress-inducing memories, reach out today and we’ll work together to create a plan to provide the best therapy for trauma in the Lansing area to help you achieve your mental health goals.





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