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…

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….

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EMDR is a psychotherapy treatment that is different from other approaches because it is not traditional “talk therapy.”  The focus is to process past events and memories to reduce re-experiencing negative thoughts, feelings, and associations that contribute to current life problems or distress.  It is an evidenced-based treatment to reduce symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder…

Learn to sleep with anxiety

Why Can’t I Sleep: Turning Bah-bah to Zzzzz If counting sheep worked, bedrooms everywhere would be covered in sheep wallpaper, hold shelves filled with sheep miniatures, and bedding would come in sheep skin or fur options.  Sensory devices to enhance sleep would feature the sounds and smells of sheep. Meditative guides would lead you through…

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