78: EMDR for Addiction Treatment and Healthy Habit Formation [Dumb Things Therapists Say Series]

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 frustration, repeated relapses, and unnecessary shame for those struggling to make lasting changes.

This week on the podcast, we’re taking a look at a more comprehensive, brain-based perspective on behavior change. We'll discuss why traditional methods fall short and how modalities like EMDR can address the root causes of compulsive behaviors by working with our body's programming at a deeper level.

Whether you're someone seeking more effective ways to create positive change in your life or a therapist looking to enhance your practice or, this conversation offers valuable insights into the complexities of human behavior and the potential for true transformation.

Discover how understanding the full "code" behind our actions—including images, emotions, body sensations, urges, positive feeling states, and early life experiences—can lead to more successful and sustainable change. We'll challenge common misconceptions about willpower and addiction, and offer a compassionate, science-based approach to reprogramming unwanted patterns.

This episode provides eye-opening information for both mental health professionals and individuals on their personal growth journey.

Tune in to gain a fresh perspective on behavior change that goes beyond simplistic advice and taps into the power of our neurological wiring.

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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.