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

"Boy, Toddler, Ceo, Child, Kid, Cute, Happy, Baby" by Courtany via Pixabay (CC)

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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Reading List of Books for 2016 EMDRIA Conference

The 2016 EMDRIA Conference is being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Aug. 25 – 28, 2016. Attending the conference is a great way for EMDR Therapists to learn from different presenters on special situations and populations. This year the conference is also available online where a therapist can earn up…

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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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“EMDR and Dissociation: Reflections, Considerations, and Cases” Presentation at Boulder EMDR Network Meeting

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Boulder EMDR Network Meeting Date: Tuesday – April 26, 2016, 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Location: Gondolier Italian Eatery, 4800 Baseline Rd., Boulder – southeast corner of the Meadows Shopping Center Agenda: 11:30-11:50 — Sign-in, order lunch, and networking 11:50-12:10 — Welcome, announcements, discussion 12:10-1:45 — Arielle Schwartz, PhD, and Lorene Cecilia, MA, LPC…

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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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How Therapists Can Find Their Own Unique Self-Care Formula

"Girl with styrofoam swimming board" by Tommy Wong via Wikimedia Commons (2006 - CreativeCommons) -- English: A young girl taking a break in a swimming pool, grabbing on to a rainbow-coloured styrofoam flotation device.

This blog post was written by guest blogger, Katie Asmus, MA, LPC, BMP For all you therapists, healers, helper types out there… There is no magic formula for self-care. There is no “do-it-yourself-assemble-out-of-the-box-prototype” to follow. I, personally, find self-care akin to riding on a surf board atop a wave. I am…

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