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Image of Ayan Mukherjee psychotherapist and EMDR practitionerMio Yokoi, Supporter of Growth, Registered Psychotherapist, and host of the Life Stuff 101 podcast, talks with Ayan Mukherjee.

Ayan Mukherjee is a Registered Psychotherapist specializing in the area of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Ayan addresses the way he uses EMDR to address issues in the mind/body connection, integrative approaches to treating anxiety, low self-esteem, and PTSD.

Ayan Mukherjee also discusses his work as a mental health illustrator, creating psychoeducational illustrations and flip-books for therapists to help explain complex concepts, like trauma therapy.

Episode Highlights:

  • Mio Yokoi opens up the show sharing mission statements that she has been brainstorming.
  • Mio asks Ayan Mukherjee to share a personal fun fact.
  • Ayan Mukherjee talks about his background and his mental health bootcamp approach to his practice.
  • Ayan discusses learning the transpersonal approach at Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • How has EMDR fit in with transpersonal therapy model for Ayan?
  • Ayan Mukherjee talks about what he has learned from the book The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
  • Ayan defines the EMDR process and how it can impact memories.
  • What are the devices Ayan refers to as tappers for eye movement?
  • What would happen for a client who comes to Ayan Mukherjee for EMDR?
  • During the preparation phase, what is the time of that?
  • How do you operate the tappers with clients?
  • What is Ayan’s take on dual attention and bilateral eye movement?
  • What types of differences has he noticed in his clients?
  • How does talk therapy differ from EMDR?
  • What are the 8 phases of EMDR?
  • What has the transition in his work been like for him?
  • What is some advice he would give to his past self?
  • How did Ayan Mukherjee become a therapy illustrator?
  • What are some resources that he recommends for people?
  • What does he wish he would have learned earlier in life?

Resources Mentioned:
● Life Stuff 101: lifestuff101.com | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
● Mio Yokoi: Registered Psychotherapist
● Ayan Mukherjee: ayanrp.com | LinkedIn | Instagram |
● Ayan Mukherjee’s Therapy Illustrated Flip Books: etsy.com/ca/shop/TherapyIllustrated

● Book: Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller
● Book: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
● Book: The Seven Principles to Make a Marriage Work by Dr. John Gottman

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Three Key Points

• The mind tends to focus on negative outcomes more than positive, adding to the obstacles of overcoming trauma.

• Ayan Mukherjee’s process for EMDR includes an intake session that addresses the client’s upbringing, some psychoeducation with his flip-books to garner an informed consent, and a focus on stabilization and installing and strengthening a calm place.

• The 8 Phases of EMDR: Phase 1 is history taking. Phase 2 is preparation and stabilization. Phase 3 is assessment. Phase 4 is reprocessing. Phase 5 is positive installations. Phase 6 is body scan. Phase 7 is closure. Phase 8 is reevaluation.

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