For example, if a child is exposed to abuse at a young age (either by directly experiencing the abuse or witnessing violence between her parents), this child may feel extremely unsafe, helpless, or powerless at home. And, due to the absence of a safe caregiver in that situation, these intense feelings may cause the child to believe that her sense of safety and control will always be at risk or threatened: “Because no one was there to protect me in that awfully scary situation, I am unsafe and cannot trust anyone.” This core belief becomes the foundation in which all of this child’s future life events and relationships are evaluated and understood. This core belief will fuel unwanted symptoms and behaviors in her life; symptoms we often refer to as PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder).
This improper or maladaptive storage of memory drives these unpleasant sensations and symptoms and also interferes with our ability to be present, perceive the good things in our life, and successfully adapt over time. Many times, we feel that our past memories are very much alive in the present moment.
Your EMDR therapist will help you navigate the nuances between memories, cognitions, emotions, and sensations, reminding your brain how to soothe the body and how to create new meaning from these memories in order to heal. In just a few sessions, you can experience symptom relief while gaining internal distance from a painful memory so that the distress of this memory is no longer felt in the body.
It’s especially useful for those clients who have reached a plateau in therapy and who continue to manage chronic symptoms. The Associates at TIDE welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other providers by offering adjunct EMDR services to enhance a client’s therapeutic success.
Ashley Swinson has coached and mentored many providers in the Wilmington area on practice startup. Her years of experience as an administrator in solo and group practices have equipped her with valuable knowledge and resources to support other practice owners in their business ventures.
Ashley’s goal is to help you identify your unique strengths and areas of growth as you stay true to your values and decide which practice model is most advantageous to you. Additionally, she encourages practitioners to further develop their trauma-informed competencies to establish sustainable business models.
The Launchpad services are for professionals seeking to enhance their clinical skills or business practices. At TIDE, we value community wellness for providers and clients, and we desire to elevate our colleagues through the use of supervision and peer consultation to improve clinical specializations.
Our areas of expertise include Supervision for the LCSWA, Group Practice Development, and Specialized Peer Supervision.
For those interested in further developing a group practice, Ashley provides clinical and business consultation to explore the logistics of administrative operations, insurance contracting and billing, HIPAA, legal matters, personnel management, ethical dilemmas, and clinical development. Ashley has navigated group infrastructures that hire providers as W4 employees and 1099 contractors, so she is well-versed in the challenges that practice owners face, and she creates a safe space to openly explore ideas, process concerns, and create strategies for resolution.
The Associates offer supervision towards licensure for the Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate. Prior to initiating supervision, you can review our Supervisory Terms of Agreement to decide if we are the right fit for you.
We collaborate with you on establishing an appropriate meeting schedule to fulfill licensure requirements and complete all respective NCSWCLB documents together. If you happen to be pursuing licensure and EMDR certification simultaneously, your accrued hours can fulfill both tracks within the same timeline.
The TIDE Associates prioritize clinical excellence and ethical compliance through individual and group consultation for licensed providers who are interested in clinical enrichment.
While the independence of full licensure and the autonomy of solo practice is freeing, there are times when it’s beneficial to process through cases with colleagues to address treatment obstacles, process ethical dilemmas, and brainstorm resources. Individual consultation is scheduled as needed, and the consultation groups meet on a quarterly basis.