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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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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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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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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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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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