74: EMDR for the New Year [Why EMDR Works Series]

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 what happened in the past, what’s happening in the present, and creating a bridge into the future to feel calmer and more resourced. That’s how true change occurs.

We don’t have to sit in discomfort for too long. EMDR can help us to create the future we want and deserve.

This week on the podcast, I’m walking through the phases of EMDR and what that looks like in rewiring our brains for a fresh start in the new year.

As so many try with resolutions, we can’t just let go of things and stop doing things; we have to desensitize and create new pathways, replacing an unwanted behavior with something else. EMDR is how we can do that.

Listen in this week to hear more.


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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Mentioned in This Episode:

* Laurel Parnell, PhD

* Belief Inventory Guide


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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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