Here are 12 reasons to consider EMDR as the method for resolving a past trauma that continues to impede your life’s forward progress.

Is EMDR therapy effective

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy technique and tool that has helped a significant number of people heal and move past trauma and PTSD. The process of EMDR treatment addresses past, present, and future events and beliefs. While EMDR cannot change past events, it has helped others to significantly change how they…

Many adults and children may find it difficult to use public restrooms, or the facilities at a friend or neighbor’s home. Thoughts, fears, or worries of being judged, humiliated, or embarrassed result in the tightening of the sphincter and bladder muscles in a sympathetic nervous system response. These involuntary responses make it quite literally impossible…

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that can assist in reducing symptoms of social anxiety disorders, including paruresis (commonly known as shy bladder).  EMDR explores negative thoughts and body sensations associated with past negative experiences that may be influencing current functioning. These negative experiences and thoughts are reprocessed and more positive,…

Anger or Depression After A Tragedy We have been witness to mass shootings and natural disasters this year. California has been shaken, burned, and shot. Whether you were present or watched on news feeds, these tragic events can affect our overall well-being in negative ways. It is normal to feel sad, confused, worried, anger or…

Does EMDR Work? EMDR stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and is a non-traditional psychotherapy approach. This model was created by Francine Shapiro in the 1980s, so it is relatively new (as compared to Sigmund Freud’s creation of psychoanalysis in late 1800s/early 1900s). Over the past 40 years, EMDR has been demonstrated to be…

5 Tips for Holiday Stress The holiday season is upon us, ready or not. No matter which holidays you celebrate, I hope you enjoy it with friends, family, fun, and festivities. All of that merrymaking can bring with it added stress or strain. Keep your season bright by practicing a few self care tips. 1….

Short Term Therapy: Weeks, Not Years I see a range of clients who experience suffering from anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, attachment and relationship difficulty, or life changes. I have treated other psychotherapists and worked with mental health community providers who serve on the front lines in their communities. I have treated first responders, medical staff,…

EMDR Therapy for Panic Attacks For no apparent reason, your heart begins to race, you are sweating, your chest hurts and taking a breath seems labored or impossible.  Chills begin to rack your spine, the world seems far away, and you honestly think you might be having a heart attack, dying, or suddenly going off…

By: A.M. Nelson, LMFT EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and it is a non-traditional type of psychotherapy.  EMDR uses eye movements (or sounds, lights, physical touch) while guided by a therapist. EMDR therapy was developed by Francine Shapiro and uses the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) theory.  The AIP is a learning theory…

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