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EMDR Video

Here’s a video featuring actual EMDR clients discussing how it has helped them.  Notice the various applications, not only, PTSD , but also anxiety, depression and eating disorders.  It is a very effective treatment modality.

 

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“This Stuff Actually Works!”

Here in this article from “Humans of New York” , veterans of war describe their initial resistance to seeking help for themselves.  After engaging in  EMDR therapy, here’s what the veteran said:  “The symptoms started to go away. After a few sessions, I remember walking into my therapist’s office and saying: ‘This stuff actually works!’ And he said: ‘Yeah. It does.’”

Yes it does, EMDR works and not only for PTSD for war veterans , but also for anyone who has experienced trauma whether from childhood abuse, chronic chaos, criticism or trauma in adulthood.

 

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Vicarious trauma – one first responders story of PTSD recovery with EMDR

Vicarious trauma, also known as “compassion fatigue” is defined as trauma affecting those who help the traumatized.   First responders – paramedics, firefighters, police officers, hospital or military medical personnel and even counselors who emotionally engage in their client’s trauma stories can all be affected vicariously by someone else’s trauma.  All of these helpers are first hand witnesses to someone else’s pain, fear and terror and they can be adversely affected.  Vicarious traumatization can result in PTSD or the helper living with a replaying of the stories or scenes that are witnessed or heard and an increased level of unrest and fear.  Here is the story of a paramedic suffering from PTSD and his recovery using the powerful modality of EMDR.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

As this year draws to a close, I hope you can look back and feel satisfied about how your year went.  I know those I meet with have worked hard to remove the roadblocks in their lives whether they’re relationship or marriage issues, resolving past trauma, or overcoming anxiety, panic and depression and are experiencing a more satisfying experience in life.

As we celebrate Christmas, let’s remember that because Jesus came to earth and gave His life for us, there is always hope.  We are not alone or without help in the struggles we have or the brokenness that affects all of us.  I hope you will find reason to rejoice in this and persevere with hope in whatever your situation encompasses.

As we turn the calendar next week to 2016, take some time to think about what you’d like to accomplish in the New Year.  Set some goals for yourself personally and for your family and relationships.  Here’s some brief tips to improve your overall health as you enter the New Year.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

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EMDR Utilizes Natural Brain processing

Why do people pace when upset or go for a walk to cool off?  These activities where both sides of our body are utilized are natural stress reducers and activate our brain’s natural processing system.    It is this Bilateral Stimulation that the Eye Movement of EMDR utilizes to process traumatic memories.  Here’s an article that discusses it.

 

 

 

http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/what-do-emdr-running-and-drumming-have-in-common-0901154

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Your Body and Your Emotional Well -Being

We all recognize that if are bodies are sick with something like the flu, or a cold that it affects our overall sense of well being.  However many discount the fact that our brain is also an organ of our body and it can also get sick.  When our brain is not functioning at 100%, our symptoms often are emotional in nature.  In my experience most people don’t treat these symptoms with the same level of care and attention that they would if the problem was with their stomach or lungs or some other bodily organ. Rather when emotional symptoms such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, or excessive fatigue appear, many respond with self-criticism, “What’s wrong with me”? “Why can’t I pull it together”?  This can prevent seeking the help that is needed to get optimal health restored.  If this sounds like what you’re going through , please take the step to reach out and get some help.

Here’s an interesting link that discusses the importance of sleep to emotional well-being.  Without adequate sleep, none of us feel right or function at optimal levels.

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