66: Why EMDR Works for Parents [Why EMDR Works Series]

emdr family therapy Oct 20, 2023


Parenting is a challenge for everyone, no matter what someone’s Instagram feed claims. And if we’re looking outside the “traditional” definition of trauma, every parent has experienced trauma at some point.

So many parents want to raise their children in a different way than they themselves were raised: more extracurricular options, no spanking, being more present. And where we end up is stressed out, feeling like we’re not doing enough, and triggered by our kids. Sometimes without even knowing why we’re feeling this way.

This week, I’m talking about why EMDR is a great tool for parents as they learn to rewrite their curriculum from the past so they can better understand what is happening now.

It’s normal to feel stressed out as a parent, but you don’t have to suffer. Parents can use EMDR to accelerate healing far beyond what’s possible in talk therapy. Listen in this week and learn how to parent smarter and create the parenting experience you want.

When something traumatic happens to us, it can be healing to have a therapist listen to and/or validate our horrible experience, especially if no one else has before. However, rehashing the details of that traumatic event can be retraumatizing. Brain-based therapies like EMDR teach us that we don't have to talk about the trauma or the details if we don't want to because the real healing doesn't focus on the traumatic event itself.

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With a Masters in Education from Vanderbilt, Kambria has been creating trainings and teaching adult learners for over 20 years. As the Director of Education and Quality Improvement at Stanford Medical School, she created ease in complex systems, thereby giving medical trainees successful learning experiences. Now, as a dedicated mom, therapist, and EMDR Consultant, Kambria knows what it means to do things efficiently, effectively, and in a learner-centered way. When she isn't podcasting or creating online courses, you can find Kambria playing with her twins on a beach in California.

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