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79: The Misconceptions of EMDR vs. Talk Therapy [Dumb Things Therapists Say Series] emdr trauma therapy Jul 16, 2024


EMDR therapy is a powerful path to healing, but many misconceptions persist about it—from medical professionals, therapists, and others. As an EMDR consultant with over ten thousand hours of sessions under my belt, I've witnessed firsthand how this brain-based therapy can transform lives...

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78: EMDR for Addiction Treatment and Healthy Habit Formation [Dumb Things Therapists Say Series] emdr trauma therapy Jul 09, 2024


Changing behavior, especially when it comes to addictive or compulsive patterns, is often misunderstood and oversimplified. Many therapists and rehab programs focus solely on modifying beliefs and behaviors, overlooking vital elements in our neurological programming. This approach can lead to...

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77: Attachment-Based Therapy: EMDR and Attachment Styles [Dumb Things Therapists Say Series] emdr trauma therapy Jul 02, 2024


While many therapists identify as "trauma-informed" or "attachment-informed," these labels should be a given for any effective therapist. How so? Because any therapy work is attachment work.

The reality is that we've all been shaped by our early experiences and relationships, creating...

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76: Therapy vs. Coaching: What's "Right" at What Time? [Dumb Things Therapists Say Series] brainspotting therapists trauma therapy Jun 25, 2024


Therapists often make an artificial distinction between addressing trauma in therapy and utilizing coaching for personal growth. Making this separation can limit the full potential of therapy and leave clients feeling prematurely "graduated" before they've had a chance to truly thrive.

In...

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75: The 5 Most Useless Diagnoses [Dumb Things Therapists Say Series] therapists Jun 18, 2024


The world of therapy is changing, and it's time to challenge the status quo. And I’m here to share why some of the most common diagnoses in the DSM, such as anxiety, depression, addiction, body dysmorphia, and PTSD, are not only limiting but can actually cause harm to both clients and...

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74: EMDR for the New Year [Why EMDR Works Series] emdr emdr goals why emdr works Dec 12, 2023

 

The new year is often a time for goal-setting and resolution-making, but so many people struggle with following through over the next 12 months. That’s not true for those who are using EMDR in their treatment. Why? Because the foundation of EMDR is about desensitizing disturbance of...

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73: EMDR for Grief [Why EMDR Works Series] emdr why emdr works Dec 05, 2023

 

When there’s a loss like the death of a loved one, there’s a cultural acknowledgement of that loss that gives us the time and space to grieve and to heal. But we experience grief in so many other situations, outside of death.

Grief is something that helps us to process changes...

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72: EMDR for Anger [Why EMDR Works Series] why emdr works Nov 27, 2023

 

We all know someone who has anger “problems,” but I believe that there’s a different conversation we need to have about anger. Anger is a feeling, not a problem, and it’s not bad unless expressed in a way that’s disproportionate to what’s...

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71: EMDR for Disordered Eating [Why EMDR Works Series] emdr trauma therapy Nov 21, 2023

 

We all have a relationship with something that’s helping us to feel a certain way, full and in control, empowered and attached. But we’ve been given so many different curricula around what we’re supposed to look and feel like, we’re using behaviors like food...

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70: EMDR for Addiction [Why EMDR Works Series] emdr Nov 13, 2023


When someone seeks treatment for addiction, the truth is that we’re not actually treating the addiction; we’re treating the brain’s associations with the behavior that feels addictive. We’re delinking the positive feelings someone has with things like alcohol, compulsive...

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69: EMDR for Winter Holidays [Why EMDR Works Series] emdr Nov 05, 2023

 

The holiday season can be incredibly stressful and triggering for many reasons, from trying to defy our natural inclination to hibernate in the winter, to how our brains link to challenging events from all the holidays that came before.

But you don’t have to dread the holidays or...

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68: EMDR for Depression [Why EMDR Works Series] Oct 31, 2023

 

The true definition (and outcomes) of depression goes far beyond what we typically think of: someone pulling away from loved ones, extreme sadness, maybe even feeling suicidal.

But the truth is that depression is often a symptom of trauma, and can manifest in individuals in so many...

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