Cognitive Behavioral Sensory Desensitization Cleveland

In 2008 I was frustrated that I still experienced excessive anxiety most of the time despite having been treated with cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, and more others for trauma. One example, among dozens, that stood out was while I was attending a Cleveland Indian’s baseball game being terrified by a foul ball because if it hit my hand my hand would be broken and I wouldn’t be able to go to work.

Shortly thereafter I went to a workshop on Cognitive Behavioral Sensory Desensitization to increase my skills in treating trauma and the presenter said some things that caught my attention.

Despite being an EMDR Level Two practitioner with about six year’s post-certification experience I decided to acquire training in the treatment of trauma in the cognitive behavioral sensory desensitization Cleveland method. When I completed the training I decided to discontinue using EMDR because cognitive behavioral sensory desensitization-Cleveland was so much more effective. (See the section titled EMDR in this web page for a comparison of the two.) The cognitive behavioral sensory desensitization therapist I trained with had made this decision earlier.

So what is Cognitive Behavioral sensory Desensitization Cleveland? First it is a modification of a treatment developed by Steve Reed in Texas known as quick REMAP.

Cognitive behavioral sensory desensitization Cleveland components are an exposure-desensitization component designed to decrease or eliminate the emotional charges related to trauma and can also be applied to anxiety, depression, PTSD, low self-esteem, anger management, etc. This is similar to EMDR and the Emotional Freedom Technique.

As a way to minimize the emotional upset during the treatment clients are taught how to use acupressure during the treatment as the goal is thought change-not emotional catharsis. Research has shown acupressure slows the blood flow to the mid-brain which is how anxiety and stress are minimized. Most of my clients who learned to use acupressure went on to use it in their daily lives as it works faster than most other relaxation techniques.

After the exposure desensitization piece there is a component that often brings out a major shift in the unhealthy cognition or cognitions. This is critical as traumatic experiences distort logical thinking. Almost simultaneously this cognitive shift is combined with self-affirmation statements. The principal underlying the efficacy of this that if the mind changes the body will follow whether the symptom is anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self-destructive behavior, and more. The affirmations are similar to the Emotional Freedom Technique which is a good treatment but my cognitive behavioral sensory desensitization-Cleveland teacher stopped using this also. To the majority of clients the preceding symptoms are the problem-they rarely understand the cause.

The wonderful piece of Cognitive Behavioral Sensory Desensitization-Cleveland is that it works more quickly than traditional approaches-the length of time is usually 3-12 sessions. If I compared my most traumatized EMDR case which took dozens of sessions and was successful and compared it to my most traumatized cognitive behavioral sensory desensitization case – Cleveland – the latter was much quicker – six sessions. (The case of Betsey-see the testimonial section.)

Most people treated with cognitive behavioral sensory desensitization- Cleveland often experience increases in energy. I would hesitate to call cognitive behavioral sensory desensitization- Cleveland an energy treatment as the primary goal is cognitive restructuring with increased energy as an unintentional but common by-product.

I regret that cognitive behavioral sensory desensitization- Cleveland will take a long time to achieve wide acceptance for unlike EMDR, Prolonged Exposure Treatment, and the Emotional Freedom Technique it is not as yet accompanied by a large body of evidence based research. However, if you want to get better quickly, without medication, as many already have, feel free to contact me using the contact information below.

Hal C. Steinhart, L.I.S.W
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
15305 Triskett Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44111
(440) 554-8912 (440) 779-2949