Anxiety feels awful- doesn't it? Your stomach tightens into a bit of a knot and you don't know why. Your jaw clenches and your breath constricts. Sometimes you think there is nothing that is going to help- you will never be that calm, cool and collected person. If this sounds like you, EMDR for anxiety might just be the thing that will help you. Although anxiety makes you suffer, there is good news. We know more about treating anxiety than perhaps any other psychological problem. EMDR For Anxiety Helps In These 3 Ways: 1. EMDR Strengthens Anxiety Coping Skills You remember [...]
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The car accident happened so long ago, but it feels as if it occurred just yesterday. You can still hear the screeching of the tires on the pavement and the crunching of the metal. When you go to a gas station, just the smell of the fuel vapors in the air brings you back to that terrible day. It’s often hard for you to concentrate and focus. You’ve even caught yourself getting angry and snapping back at others. If this sounds familiar, that’s because these are symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And these trauma symptoms can be crippling. However, eye movement desensitization and [...]
EMDR psychotherapy has been around since the 1980's. During that time, there has been a fair amount of false and inaccurate information it. What am I talking about? Below is a few of some of the common misunderstanding that I hear from clients, and sometimes from other therapists EMDR Psychotherapy Is A Quick Fix Every few weeks, I receive a phone call from a potential EMDR psychotherapy client. He or she tells me that they want to come in for "a few EMDR psychotherapy sessions". During our conversation, that person often will describe a bit about their history and their [...]
You've heard about EMDR. Perhaps you've had someone close tell you about their experience of EMDR sessions. But you wonder "What is an EMDR session like?" In this article, I'll describe to you the typical flow of EMDR sessions. Your First EMDR Session The first time we meet, I will do my best to help you feel comfortable talking about personal things. I'l ask you questions to help me learn about you. We'll talk about your history and your goals. We'll come up with a plan about how to work together in such a way as to get you the best [...]
“Dad doesn’t seem like his usual self,” you say to yourself after your most recent visit with your father. He seemed more distant and lethargic. You remember when he enjoyed gardening and discussing the most recent book he had read. Now he just sits at home by the window. You think it might be depression, but you wonder: Is depression in seniors is a result of aging? The short answer to this question is an empathetic “No!” Senior citizens do struggle with depression, just like people of any age. But, if it's not a direct result of aging, what is it a result [...]
As an anxiety therapist, I began helping clients over 20 years ago. During that time, I've seen a number of women and men make full recoveries. Sadly, I've also seen people struggle to get better. Today, a friend asked me for advice. He wanted to know what he should look for in his search to find someone to help with his anxiety. Although he is an experienced therapy client, he has never gotten the relief he's sought. Here the advice I gave him over coffee... Tip # 1 -Work With An Anxiety Therapist Who Is Integrative. Why does this matter? Because [...]
Neurofeedback for Migraines? Does it work? Many clients ask me if I ever do any neurofeedback training myself. The answer is yes! Of course. I'm a big believer in practicing what I preach. So, it's not just my work with clients that has proven the effectiveness of neurofeedback to me. My own personal training has shown me the tremendous relief that neurofeedback for migraines can offer. Yesterday was a very tough day. A migraine headache snuck up on me. As the day wore on, my fingers began pressing into the muscles around my face, feeling for trigger points to help prevent [...]
It’s well known that the population in many countries, including the United States, is getting older. With advancing age often come various physical and mental issues, which can cause an elderly person to become anxious. As the population ages, then, there is a greater chance that more people will suffer from anxiety. In contrast to younger adults, though, anxiety in senior citizens presents its own set of problems. It's important understanding the signs and symptoms of the condition in the elderly and how they may manifest. With a proper diagnosis, it’s possible for senior citizens to get treatment for their anxiety [...]
Being in a loving, caring, and affirming relationship is a wonderful thing. You feel supported by your partner, and you know that their feelings are based on mutual respect. Yet, what happens if you're someone who has experienced trauma, even when very young? Can that lead to relationship problems later in life? Yes, a history of trauma in the past could cause problems in your present relationship. Consider the following reasons for how trauma—even if it happened a very long time ago—can still have an effect on your relationships today. Not Knowing the Difference Between Caring and Abuse For those [...]
Congratulations! Your young adult is now a college graduate. It’s been a long time coming. However, they have had lots of struggles just getting through school and even reaching college due to executive functioning problems. And now they're faced with a new challenge. Often, young adults who have executive functioning issues also have difficulty with stepping out into the adult world. And this “failure to launch” phenomenon can make it difficult for your graduate to navigate their new environment. As a supportive parent, it’s helpful for both you and them to know the common difficulties young adults with executive functioning problems face. This [...]