What is psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis?

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is similar to psychoanalysis in its view that emotional difficulties are connected to one's unconscious conflicts.  Psychodynamic therapy is typically more short-term than psychoanalysis, although both address how one's unconscious is contributing to current thoughts, beliefs, feelings and behaviors.   This unconscious is made up of childhood experiences that get internalized, "forgotten", but are enacted repeatedly in adulthood in ways that are sometimes self-defeating or unproductive.


What is cognitive behavioral therapy?

This form of therapy is focused on your current thoughts, behavior and ways of relating to others rather than on your early childhood experiences.  The patient is helped to identify distorted thinking and resulting maladaptive behaviors, and direction on how to change this thinking.  Cognitive therapy helps the patient learn effective tools and skills that help change the way you think, feel and behave.  Cognitive-behavioral therapy is action-oriented and helps you to gain competence and confidence in dealing with real-life issues.


What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of treatment that was originally designed to relieve the distress associated with traumatic memories.  It employs the use of bilateral stimulation to create changes in the brain that have resulted from trauma.  As these brain changes occur, and the trauma is processed and resolved on a physiological level, current day problems begin to dissolve and unexpected positive changes result.
Terry Jordan, LCSW, DCSW
Psychotherapy
"Emotional Intelligence is a way of recognizing, understanding, and choosing how we think, feel, and act.  It shapes our interactions with others and our understanding of ourselves.  It defines how and what we learn; it allows us to set priorities; it determines the majority of our daily actions. Research suggests it is responsible for as much as 80% of the "success" in our lives."
--From Handle With Care: Emotional Intelligence Activity Book, Daniel Freeman, et. al.