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67: EMDR for Anxiety [Why EMDR Works Series] Oct 23, 2023

 

Thanks to Gabor Maté, we know that trauma isn’t just something that happens; it’s something that happens inside of you. So when something happens to us (or doesn’t happen, like in an omission of care) and we feel anxiety, that anxiety is a result of trauma.

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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...

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65: EMDR as Standard Practice [Why EMDR Works Series] emdr Oct 09, 2023

 

EMDR works. It’s well-known that it works for those who want to heal trauma, but you don’t have to be a trauma survivor to benefit from EMDR. In fact, I believe that it works for nearly every human on the planet.

This week, I’m starting a new series that I think will...

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64: Identifying Red & Green Flag Therapists [Rebranding Trauma Therapy Series] consultation trauma therapy Sep 25, 2023

 

Have you struggled with finding the right therapy for your needs? Maybe you’ve had a few appointments with several different therapists but never found someone you felt was on the same page as you for your treatment.

The client-therapist relationship is so important and it’s...

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63: Who is a Candidate for EMDR? [Rebranding Trauma Therapy Series] emdr emdr intensives Sep 18, 2023

 

EMDR is a fantastic brain-based modality for trauma therapy, but there are so many other uses that we don’t talk about enough because of the focus on trauma. What gets lost the most is that EMDR supports anyone who wants to rewrite the curriculum they learned as a result of...

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62: Identifying and Installing Positive Resources [Rebranding Trauma Therapy Series] adaptations emdr trauma therapy Sep 11, 2023

Identifying and pulling on positive resources is essential to processing trauma, but it’s also something you can do when you want to change your mindset around specific feelings and events. Even better, it’s something you can do on your own with a little bit of work and reflection.

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61: What’s Wrong with Mindset Work [Rebranding Trauma Therapy Series] emdr trauma therapy Sep 04, 2023

 

Doing mindset work isn’t always the answer. We’re inundated with messages from coaches and therapists on Instagram telling us that if we just worked on our mindset, we could get past so many of our limiting beliefs and roadblocks.

And while maybe mindset works for some, for...

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60: Creating Interdependence with Boundaries [Rebranding Trauma Therapy Series] emdr trauma therapy Aug 28, 2023

 

Most of us know how to behave appropriately in society, which is helpful in navigating the world. We follow the laws of our community, pay our bills, wait in the grocery lines, treat animals with kindness, etc. But sometimes, society (or our culture) teaches us a set of rules that...

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59: Expanding the Definition of “Doing the Work” [Rebranding Trauma Therapy Series] consultation emdr trauma therapy Aug 21, 2023

 

Too often I hear therapists share that a client “isn’t doing the work.” They’re not progressing or working through their trauma because in session they talk about what’s going on in their life today, rather than talking about what happened in the past.

I...

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58: Choosing the Triggers We Use [Rebranding Trauma Therapy Series] art brainspotting emdr triggers Aug 14, 2023

 

The way we’ve been talking about triggers is an incomplete conversation and it’s time to change that. The more information you have about what triggers you will help inside trauma therapy and help create adaptive material to help with trauma.

Here’s where we need to...

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57: A Different Perspective on Phobias [Rebranding Trauma Therapy Series] adaptations trauma therapy Aug 07, 2023

 

Curiosity should always be the default for therapists working with clients, and clients should know this and look for it in session. This is especially true when we’re talking about phobias.

There’s often a lot of shame around phobias because they’re characterized by a...

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56. Rewriting and Replacing Adaptations [Rebranding Trauma Therapy Series] adaptations art brainspotting emdr Jul 31, 2023

 

Adaptations are all things we created in response to something we learned in life, often during a traumatic experience. Whether that experience happened in childhood or as adults, we learned how to cope and feel safe. And those adaptations perform a positive function, whether...

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