Therapy for Motivation Enhancement

While it's not commonly recognized, the effects of childhood trauma can profoundly impact adult functioning and motivation. This trauma often results in procrastination due to impaired executive functions like decision-making and time management, complicating the organization of tasks. Additional challenges like distractions, dissociative symptoms, and a tendency towards perfectionism as a coping strategy can intensify these difficulties, leading to a sense of being overwhelmed when attempting tasks. Effectively addressing these issues with therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing can be transformative, not only in managing procrastination linked to chronic trauma but also in significantly enhancing overall performance and well-being.

Stop Procrastination and Start Living Fully

Boost your motivation to overcome procrastination and related challenges by addressing underlying trauma through integrative EMDR therapy.

Rebecca Hoffenberg, Psy.D
Clinical Psychologist
Procrastination & behavioral dysregulation
EMDR, trauma-informed & person-centered
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Laura Faiwiszewski, Psy.D
Clinical Psychologist
Procrastination & motivation enhancement
EMDR, hypnotherapy & CBT
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How We Work with Motivation & Procrastination

The relationship between motivation, procrastination and chronic trauma is complicated. Survivors may experience heightened anxiety and fear, leading to paralysis and task avoidance. Emotional dysregulation, a common trauma outcome, disrupts concentration and drives procrastination as a way to sidestep overwhelming feelings. Persistent stress and hyperarousal from trauma often result in fatigue, further deterring task engagement. Procrastination might also serve as an escape from trauma-related memories or emotions, and a diminished sense of self-efficacy can make tasks seem insurmountable. 

Our therapists are Clinical Psychologists who specialize in EMDR, combined with other evidence-based therapies, to help individuals excel in their battle against procrastination and enhance overall performance. They are skilled in treating adults facing a wide range of issues related to procrastination, from mild delay tactics to more profound productivity challenges. The goal goes beyond just reducing procrastination; it's about empowering clients to break free from the cycle of delay and self-criticism, and to improve their efficiency and productivity.

Their approach is unique as they deeply understand the psychological roots of procrastination. They use EMDR techniques to aid clients in overcoming barriers to productivity, while also incorporating CBT, mindfulness, hypnotherapy, and analytic therapy to resolve internal conflicts and boost motivation. Through their guidance, clients learn to navigate the complex challenges of procrastination, recognizing that the issue is not just about time management, but involves a complex interplay of mental barriers and motivational struggles that lead to both personal and professional distress.

"Our therapists address more than just procrastination and work habits; they delve into the emotional challenges beneath. Many people's struggles with delay and lack of motivation are rooted in deeper emotional conflicts, such as using procrastination to cope with stress or losing motivation in emotionally overwhelming situations."

Our Specialists in EMDR for Motivation & Procrastination

Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Hoffenberg has a specialized focus on procrastination and behavioral dysregulation. Her expertise lies in utilizing innovative approaches such as EMDR along with trauma-informed and person-centered methodologies. Dr. Hoffenberg is particularly adept at addressing issues of self-sabotage and behavioral challenges that stem from deeper psychological conditions. Her advanced training in EMDR extends beyond standard practices, offering clients tailored strategies to effectively navigate and overcome patterns of procrastination and self-sabotage, by directly confronting and resolving the underlying psychological factors that fuel these behaviors.

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Dr. Laura Faiwiszewski

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Faiwiszewski specializes in addressing issues related to procrastination and motivation enhancement. Her expertise encompasses the use of various therapeutic approaches, including EMDR, hypnotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Dr. Faiwiszewski excels in assisting individuals who struggle with delaying tasks and lack motivation, by employing these techniques in a tailored manner. Her use of EMDR, combined with the transformative power of hypnotherapy and the structured approach of CBT, enables her to offer a comprehensive treatment plan. This plan is designed to tackle the root causes of procrastination and to enhance motivation, thereby empowering clients to overcome barriers to their personal and professional growth.

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How EMDR Helps with Motivation Enhancement

People frequently turn to us after experimenting with various therapies for procrastination. While those therapies may have yielded some benefits, individuals often remain caught in the grips of procrastination. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) stands out as a particularly potent method for tackling the deep-seated causes of chronic procrastination. This approach goes beyond traditional methods, which might only address surface issues, by targeting traumatic memories and negative beliefs at the root of procrastination behaviors. The EMDR process facilitates individuals in processing these memories, paving the way for the adoption of healthier beliefs and enhanced motivation.

EMDR has been shown to be effective not only in reducing procrastination but also in boosting motivation. Research, including a study from the "Journal of Behavioral Therapy," has demonstrated that EMDR significantly lessens avoidance behaviors while improving task initiation and motivation among participants. Another publication in "Clinical Psychology Review" highlighted EMDR's ability to substantially reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, which are often intertwined with procrastination. This reduction in emotional barriers is key in enhancing motivation and drive. EMDR's targeted intervention in breaking and transforming the link between emotional distress and procrastination behavior is crucial, as it fosters a shift towards more productive and motivated behaviors.

FAQ About EMDR for Motivation & Procrastination

How does EMDR improve motivation?

EMDR helps by processing underlying negative beliefs or traumatic experiences that contribute to procrastination or a lack of motivation. Resolving these issues can lead to increased motivation and better productivity.

Can EMDR replace traditional motivation-enhancing techniques like goal-setting or time management training?

EMDR is usually not a replacement but a complement to traditional techniques. It can be particularly helpful for those who have not had success with conventional methods.

Who can benefit from EMDR for motivation?

Individuals who struggle with procrastination, lack of drive, or who find their motivation blocked by emotional issues, anxiety, or past negative experiences could benefit from EMDR.

What does an EMDR session for motivation enhancement look like?

Sessions typically involve recalling distressing events or negative beliefs related to motivation while the therapist guides the patient through bilateral stimulation (like eye movements). This process helps reduce the distress associated with these memories or beliefs.

How long does it take to see results from EMDR in terms of motivation?

The time to see results can vary widely among individuals. Some may notice changes after a few sessions, while others may need more time.

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