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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Reading List of Books for 2018 EMDRIA Conference

Reading List of Books for 2018 EMDRIA Conference

The 2018 EMDRIA Conference is being held in Atlanta, Georgia on Oct. 4 – 7, 2018. Attending the EMDRIA Conference is a great way for EMDR Therapists to learn from different presenters on special situations and populations. For therapists interested in learning more about this year’s EMDRIA Conference presenters, below is…

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Grief and Loss as a Rite of Passage

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It is often said that “the only constant in life is change” (quote adapted from Heraclitus).  As humans, we will inevitably experience many changes and thus losses in our lives. From graduation, to moving on from one job to another, to divorce, to losing a loved one to death, our…

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June is National PTSD Awareness Month

PTSD Awareness Month June 2018

 Did you know June is National PTSD Awareness Month? PTSD Awareness Month is a national campaign devoted to bringing more awareness and knowledge about PTSD to everyone. “Raising PTSD awareness is essential to overcoming the myth, misinformation and stigma surrounding this mental health problem” ~ Secretary of Veterans Affairs…

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May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

May is officially National Mental Health Awareness Month (aka Mental Health Month). Mental Health Awareness Month was created with the goal of reaching out to millions of people across the US through media, local events, and screenings to raise awareness of mental health issues. In 2014 President Barack Obama signed a…

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