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Meet the EMDR Therapy Toronto Team

EMDR Therapy Toronto Ayan Mukherjee Certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant

Ayan Mukherjee, RP

Ayan Mukherjee is a Registered Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, and an EMDRIA-Approved Certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant. Ayan has been practicing EMDR and complex trauma therapy since 2017, specializing in the treatment of anxiety, PTSD, Complex-PTSD, childhood trauma, along with Spiritual Psychotherapy. He is of Bengali – East Indian origin, a dad of two girls, an ex-banker and a mental health illustrator. Read more about him on his bio page.

Ayan’s Practice at a Glance

– Free 30-min phone consultation
– Virtual, video appointments over Zoom
– Fees: $170 (incl. HST) / hour
– Schedule: Mon – Thu: 10 am to 6 pm
– Modalities: EMDR Therapy, Deep Brain Reorienting, IFS, Ego States Therapy, Attachment-Focused, Somatic and Spiritual Psychotherapy

EMDR Therapy Toronto - Ruth Godoy Counselling - Trauma Therapist Toronto

Ruth Godoy, RP (Qualifying)

Ruth Godoy is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) specializing in providing EMDR Therapy and other trauma therapies to treat anxiety, C-PTSD, childhood trauma, perinatal mental health issues and challenges in parenting. She is of Venezuelan origin, a native Spanish speaker, a mom of two girls, and a board-certified Genetic Counsellor with experience working at various hospitals in the GTA. Read more about her on her bio page.

Ruth’s Practice at a Glance

– Free 30-min phone consultation
– Virtual, video appointments over Zoom
– Fees: $120 (incl. HST) / hour
– Schedule: Mon – Thu: 8:30 am to 3 pm
– Modalities: EMDR Therapy, Ego States Therapy, Polyvagal Theory, Attachment-Focused, Relational Psychotherapy

EMDR Therapy Toronto Ayan Mukherjee Certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant

Ayan Mukherjee, RP

Ayan Mukherjee is a Registered Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, and an EMDRIA-Approved Certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant. Ayan has been practicing EMDR and complex trauma therapy since 2017, specializing in the treatment of anxiety, PTSD, Complex-PTSD, childhood trauma, along with Spiritual Psychotherapy. He is of Indian Bengali origin, a girl-dad, an ex-banker and a mental health illustrator. Read more on his bio page.

Ayan’s Practice at a Glance

– Free 30-min phone consultation
– Virtual, video appointments over Zoom
– Fees: $170 (incl. HST) / hour
– Schedule: Mon – Thu: 10 am to 6 pm
– Modalities: EMDR Therapy, Deep Brain Reorienting, IFS, Ego States Therapy, Attachment-Focused, Somatic and Spiritual Psychotherapy

EMDR Therapy Toronto - Ruth Godoy Counselling - Trauma Therapist Toronto

Ruth Godoy, RP (Qualifying)

Ruth Godoy is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) specializing in providing EMDR Therapy and other trauma therapies to treat anxiety, C-PTSD, childhood trauma, perinatal mental health issues and challenges in parenting. She is of Venezuelan origin, a native Spanish speaker, a mom of two girls, and a board-certified Genetic Counsellor with experience working at various hospitals in the GTA. Read more about her on her bio page.

Ruth’s Practice at a Glance

– Free 30-min phone consultation
– Virtual, video appointments over Zoom
– Fees: $120 (incl. HST) / hour
– Schedule: Mon – Thu: 8:30 am to 3 pm
– Modalities: EMDR Therapy, Ego States Therapy, Polyvagal Theory, Attachment-Focused, Relational Psychotherapy

EMDR Therapy Toronto FAQs

EMDR Therapy Toronto – EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR Therapy is typically used for treating anxiety, phobias, PTSD and clearing other symptoms from traumatic events, such as domestic violence, childhood trauma, sexual abuse, accidents, etc. Briefly, EMDR Therapy works on the model that some of our presenting issues can be traced back to memories from our past, which did not get “digested” or processed properly by our brain’s information processing system. This would likely happen if the memory was experienced as being traumatic. EMDR processing happens by firstly desensitizing the emotional charge in the memory. When that happens, the brain considers the memory to be less important. Secondly, EMDR Therapy helps the brain consolidate these memories by transferring them from short-term muscle memory to long-term memory. It results in that feeling of finally moving on from the traumatic event. For complex trauma and childhood developmental trauma, EMDR Therapy needs to be combined with other modalities, such as Internal Family System, some form of somatic psychotherapy, emotional regulation techniques, attachment-based modifications to EMDR Therapy, etc.

The American Psychological Association (APA) has recognized EMDR Therapy as the therapy of choice for PTSD. Though there are also many different variants and protocols that other therapists have created over the years, to adapt EMDR Therapy for other issues, such as anxiety, phobias, attachment and relational traumas, dissociative disorders, etc.

The definition of trauma has changed in recent times. Currently, it is defined as anything that overwhelms us psychologically. There are two types of trauma, one called “Big T” trauma, such as war, sexual abuse, rape, physical assault, major accidents, natural disasters, torture, etc. The other is called “small t” trauma, such as verbal, emotional, psychological abuse, childhood neglect, abandonment, smothering, difficult breakups and other forms of relational, attachment and childhood developmental traumas.

“Big T” traumas are generally highly intense and short-lived, often showing up as discrete events in a client’s trauma history. “Small t” traumas on the other hand can be of lower intensity that can go on for years. “Small t” traumas are no walk in the park and can cause significant post-traumatic stress symptoms, if not full-blown PTSD.

When it comes to attachment, relational and childhood developmental trauma, EMDR Therapy may need to be adapted to the client’s specific situation. I do practice a variation of EMDR called Attachment-Focused EMDR Therapy. We can discuss this more during our free 30-minute phone consultation.

EMDR Therapy can be very effective, but it is not a magic pill and every client’s situation is unique. Our issues are often multi-factorial and thus many factors are needed to make therapy effective in healing your symptoms. This includes the strength of our therapeutic relationship, your coping mechanisms, your ability to regulate overwhelming feelings and to feel safe in your body and with other people, the level of dissociation that we are working with, the quality and quantity of supports in your life, etc.

EMDR Therapy is one of the factors within this framework. Having said that, I strongly believe in a results-oriented approach and we will work collaboratively to ensure that the therapy is meeting your needs.

In cases of single event traumas in adulthood, where the client had a relatively trauma-free childhood with secure attachments, EMDR Therapy can be quicker in terms of showing results. I analogize the trauma to be like a localized tumor in the body, which can be directly accessed and dealt with.

While in cases where there is significant childhood trauma, or significant dissociation, EMDR Therapy needs to be implemented with other modalities and the therapy process can be slower and more long drawn out. Dealing with the trauma is then similar to dealing with late stage cancer, which has metastasized to different parts of the body. The trauma then affects every aspect of our personality and our sense of self. It is not as cut and dry as the scenario presented above, with single event traumas.

Once we conduct the intake in the first session, I shall present a treatment plan to you and work collaboratively with you to adapt EMDR Therapy and other modalities, to your unique situation, in a safe and effective manner.

“Parts work” is a colloquial term for therapeutic techniques that help us to look at ourselves as comprised of various parts, with slightly differing agendas, needs and desires. Internal Family System (IFS) is one such therapeutic technique. It can help to reduce the polarization and the tug-of-war between opposing parts, such as your Inner Child and your Inner Critic. I also use other forms of “parts work” such as Ego States Therapy and Structural Dissociation Theory. IFS is not the only model for parts work.

Identifying parts in your psyche does not mean that you have Multiple Personality Disorder (currently known as Dissociative Identity Disorder).

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