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…

emdr therapy - anger frustration

EMDR Therapy for Anger & Frustration No matter how global, technologically advanced, or organizationally cultured our workplaces become, we are still humans interacting with others.  We aren’t going to agree or see eye-to-eye at all times. We might encounter clients, colleagues, or supervisors who are rude, manipulative, or narcissistic.  At times, you might experience frustration…

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,…

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…

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,…

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