10 Years of EMDR Essentials and Beyond

It’s been 10 years since I wrote EMDR Essentials: A Guide for Clients and Therapists, and I can hardly believe what has happened since then. I wrote this book because I kept hearing from therapists that they didn’t know how to explain EMDR therapy to their clients and felt there wasn’t anything good that they could give to clients to help them understand this powerful modality. I resisted writing this book wondering if I had anything to say, but something inside me said you just have to do it. What a learning process that was for me. But the thing that touched me the most is that when I approached my clients to share their stories for the book, they gladly offered their experiences to share so that others could relate to what they experienced and how they got help and felt real change.

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Lady Gaga and the Chronic Pain of Trauma

"Let’s work together to beckon the world towards kindness." ~ Lady Gaga

In the Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, we witness Lady Gaga moving through her daily life, including how she manages the extreme chronic pain she experiences through her grueling schedule. During her acceptance speech at the ELLE Women in Hollywood event, Lady Gaga appeared to link this chronic pain to…

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Working with Attachment Trauma and EMDR Therapy

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When therapists are first learning EMDR Therapy, they quickly realize that single incident traumas easily reprocess, and more complex cases do not respond using the standard protocol without learning more skills to recognize the underlying Attachment trauma. In order to successfully navigate Attachment Trauma, EMDR Therapists need to learn how…

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The Story of Overcoming Trauma in Disney/Pixar’s ‘Inside-Out’

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Spoiler Alert: This post will discuss characters, scenes, and plot points from Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out” In Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out”, the character Riley is depicted through her emotional world inside her brain and memories. When we first meet Riley, she is a happy 11-year old girl living in Minnesota with her mom and…

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Proxemics and Nonverbal Communication in EMDR Therapy

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In the field of somatic psychology, nonverbal communication is a key element. Nonverbal communication is the ability to read and understand people’s nonverbal signals. Have you heard the phrase “actions speak louder then words”? Well, it’s true! 60 – 70% of our communication is nonverbal while only 30 – 40…

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Anger and Trauma

Recently I attended a workshop “Transforming Destructive Anger” taught by Chuck Lustfield, LPC and Rick Spletter, LCSW at the 2012 USABP Conference. Anger is a common emotion that is often misunderstood and many people struggle with expressing anger in healthy ways. Most people do not even know what healthy anger…

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