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…

Trauma Therapy - EMDR to heal

Who Goes to EMDR Therapy for Trauma Help? People who seek trauma EMDR therapy are normal, regular people who have experienced a life event that has gone wrong.  Perhaps you were at the right place at the wrong time and experienced a crime, natural disaster, or witnessed a violent act.  Perhaps you were at the…

emdr for trauma therapy

EMDR Trauma Therapy An effective and evidence-based treatment for trauma experiences is EMDR therapy. Life gives us ups and downs, and typically we are able to cope with our experiences. At times, a negative experience will occur that is outside our ability to cope. Or a series of negative events may occur that pile up…

emdr for dummies - emdr therapy to rewrite your history

How Your Brain Organizes Your Memories, Emotions, and Feelings One way to understand how EMDR therapy works is to think of life experiences as a file system. When experiences, emotions, and physical sensations are manageable and make sense, the brain automatically sorts through these, disregards what is unnecessary, and places the remaining files in long…

Getting Past Your Past Life gives us a variety of experiences, some joyful that we would like to experience on repeat and others that are downright awful and painful. The good news is that people do move forward from painful experiences and go on to lead lives filled with joy. You probably already know the…

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…

What to expect from therapy the first time

The First Time You Go In deciding to try psychotherapy, you have already accomplished a difficult and challenging step: recognizing that a mental health, emotional, or relationship concern could use some support. You may feel conflicted about going to therapy. Yet approximately half of the population will experience a serious psychological issue at some point…

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,…

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