EMDR Therapy and Our Internal Wisdom of Healing

"Mr Pipo speech balloon" by Nevit Dilmen (Wikimedia Commons)

When adults experience anxiety, depression, body image issues, as well as, just feeling stuck in their lives, that’s when they often come into therapy to experience EMDR Therapy. EMDR therapy allows clients to release beliefs that have been holding them back from reaching their potential and connects them with who they…

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EMDR Therapy and Addictions: Developing the Pocket of Trust

Treating Addictions With EMDR Therapy and the Stages of Change

After many years of practicing EMDR Therapy and working with addictions, I have noticed that there are key moments in therapy where the therapeutic alliance is necessary to support the client’s ability to have successful treatment, which I call the Pocket of Trust. The Pocket of Trust is an emotional…

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EMDR Therapy, My Journey as an EMDR Therapist

"If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one." ~ Dolly Parton

There is nothing more satisfying than finding what you were meant to do with your life and having the key to unlock the door to fulfill your purpose. For years, I had been standing in front of that door with keys I believed would unlock the door but for some…

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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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Somatic Interventions in EMDR Therapy

"The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma" by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

Somatic Therapy engages body awareness as an intervention in psychotherapy and addresses the connections between the brain, the mind, and behavior. EMDR Therapists with training in somatic interventions have advanced tools to work with the dysregulation of the nervous system associated with post traumatic stress. Modern day somatic psychotherapies such…

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Message to EMDR Therapists Following the November 2015 Terrorist Attacks

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The following blog post was written by guest blogger, Katy Murray, MSW, LICSW, BCD, and was originally posted on the EMDR Research Foundation email newsletter. As I watch the reports from the November terrorist attacks in Paris, (11/13) Beirut, (11/12)  and throughout the world in 2015, I am once again rocked by the trauma humanity commits on its…

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Self-Care Books for Therapists

Therapists and counselors often ask their clients how they are taking care of themselves. It’s an important part of therapy. The big question is — How are therapists taking care of themselves? Are they doing for themselves what they expect their clients to do? Many therapists often put themselves last…

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