holiday advice for anxiety

The Holidays can be a time of joy and generosity, or it can exacerbate the dread and worry within us and challenge mental health. Along with the extra activities, travel, and spending, comes the additional social contact that can strike fear in the hearts of the anxious ones. In addition, those well-meaning friends and family…

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

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,…

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….

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…

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