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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Reading List for 2015 EMDRIA Conference

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Today is the first day of the 2015 EMDRIA Conference (Aug. 27th – 30th), which is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania year. The theme of the EMDRIA Conference this year is “The Freedom to Heal.” Bringing EMDR Therapy to more and more people is helping the world heal from trauma, and…

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Books on Working with Somatic Interventions and EMDR Therapy

1503 Connections of the Parasympathetic Nervous System

Many EMDR Therapists receive training in body-centered ways of working with trauma to learn how to see trauma in the body and have interventions that will help the client move through and integrate the trauma more completely. If you are an EMDR Therapist interested reading more about how trauma impacts the…

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Books for Working with Complex PTSD and EMDR Therapy

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Therapists trained in EMDR Therapy often ask how to work with Complex PTSD due to the complexity of the treatment. An important aspects of working with Complex PTSD is learning how to resource the client so that they can stay present in their body and learn how to feel their…

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Books on How to Work with Addictions and EMDR Therapy

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Therapists interested in learning more about working with addictions through the lens of trauma, and  how to stabilize clients using EMDR Therapy to give clients ease in their body and mind might be interested in the following sample of the books that Barb Maiberger and John Gray recommend in their EMDR Advanced…

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Books on Attachment Trauma and EMDR Therapy

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Laurel Parnell’s “Attachment Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma” is a widely referenced work in the working with attachment trauma and EMDR Therapy. One of the important things that Parnell discusses is how valuable it is to repair developmental wounding. This is a critical step in working with attachment trauma. When one…

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Polyvagal Theory and EMDR Therapy

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As an EMDRIA Approved EMDR Consultant and co-developer of several EMDR Advanced Workshops at the Maiberger institute I have had many opportunities to present on the work of Dr. Stephen Porges and the Polyvagal Theory.  Seeing Dr. Porges at the 2012 EMDRIA Conference was an opportunity to refine my own understanding…

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Trauma and Binge Eating Disorder

At the 2012 USABP Conference in Boulder, CO, Tory Butterworth, PhD gave a presentation on Binge Eating Disorders (BED). She laid the groundwork for looking at the underpinnings of the disorder and how it can affect one in adulthood. She noted that it is important to understand that people can…

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Link Between Childhood Trauma and Addiction

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addictions ~ by Dr. Gabor Mate

  Dr. Gabor Mate, author of “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addictions,” suggests that one of the major causes of addictions is childhood trauma. For years the addiction field has said that addictions were caused by genetics. If your father is an addict then you have the…

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EMDR and Addiction Recovery

In the new EMDR book,  “EMDR in Addiction Continuing Care: A Phenomenological Study of Women Treated in Early Recovery,” Jamie Marich conducted a study of using EMDR therapy with 10 women who suffered from addictions.  The women were from different ethnic backgrounds, had diverse trauma histories and issues. The women…

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