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Child Counseling – How EMDR Therapy Works for Kids

This video is helpful for parents and their children.  EMDR is generally a rapid

therapy, and it works even more quickly for most children.  I hope you find the

video helpful!

 

To find Certified EMDR Therapists, please visit ComprehensiveTherapyApproach.com

 

Dana Terrell, LCSW, EAC

(I’m a Certified EMDR therapist and member of this website)

EMDR Therapy for Stress, Anxiety or Stress-related Depression in San Francisco

 

First developed and researched by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D.  of Palo Alto, CA, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprecessing (EMDR) is a powerful psychotherapy approach that has been researched for 25 years.

More than 400 research reports have been published since 1989.  Eighteen of those are high quality randomized controlled studies.  The research has been so impressive that the World Health Organization now recommends only two treatments for the worst of stress (PTSD):  EMDR and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).

EMDR Therapy has been shown to help people recover from both ordinary stress and extraordinary trauma.

A comprehensive EMDR protocol has even been proven to free people from phantom limb pain after an amputation.  Such pain really adds insult to injury. It is hard enough to have the trauma that caused the amputation, and then the grief over the loss of a body part.  But to have pain in the body part as if it is still there is terribly depressing.  Pain medications and surgery are often recommended and tried, but do not often resolve it.  Apparently the pains are remembered in the brain.  EMDR is good at helping to “digest” and process such memories so than they enter a calm or neutral state.  Researched results: no more pain.

If EMDR can help for a problem this difficult, think about what it can do for you.

San Francisco has highly experienced EMDRIA-Certified EMDR therapists.

Use link below to find them on the San Francisco page.  Click on therapists name or photo to move toward wellness:

EMDR Therapy for Stress, Anxiety, Depression or PTSD

in San Francisco

EMDR Therapy for Stress, Anxiety or PTSD in San Clemente, CA

 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprecessing (EMDR) is a powerful psychotherapy approach that has been researched for 25 years.  More than 400 research reports have been published.  Eighteen of those are high quality randomized controlled studies.  The research has been so impressive that the World Health Organization now recommends only two treatments for the worst of stress (PTSD):  EMDR and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).

EMDR Therapy has been shown to help people recovery from both ordinary stress and extraordinary trauma.

EMDR has even been proven to free people from phantom limb pain after an amputation.  Such pain really adds insult to injury. It is hard enough to have the trauma that caused the amputation, and then the grief over the loss of a body part.  But to have pain in the part as if it is still there is terribly depressing.  Pain medications and surgery often do not resolve it.  Apparently the pains are remembered in the brain.  EMDR is good at helping to “digest” and process such memories so than they enter a calm or neutral state.  No more pain.

If EMDR can help for a problem this intense, think about what it can do for you.

San Clemente is fortunate to have a highly experienced and trained EMDR therapist: Christine Johnston, RN, MFT.

Link below to find her on the San Clemente page.  Click on her name or photo and get started on getting freed up:

EMDR Therapy for Anxiety, Stress or PTSD in San Clemente

 

EMDR Therapy for Stress, Anxiety or PTSD in Hillcrest

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprecessing) is a powerful therapy that has been researched for 25 years.  More than 400 research reports have been published.  Eighteen of those are high quality randomized controlled studies.

EMDR Therapy has been shown to help people recovery from both ordinary stress and extraordinary trauma.

EMDR has even been proven to free people from phantom limb pain after an amputation.  Such pain really adds insult to injury. It is hard enough to have the trauma that caused the amputation, and then the grief over the loss of a body part.  But to have pain in the part as if it is still there is terribly depressing.  Pain medications and surgery often do not resolve it.  Apparently the pains are remembered in the brain.  EMDR is good at helping to “digest” and process such memories so than they enter a calm or neutral state.  No more pain.

If EMDR can help for a problem this intense, think about what it can do for you.

The Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego is fortunate to have several highly experienced and trained EMDR therapists.

Link below choose your EMDR Therapist and get started on getting freed up:

EMDR Therapy for Anxiety, Stress or PTSD in Hillcrest

 

EMDR Therapy for Stress, Anxiety or Trauma in Newport Beach, CA

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprecessing) is a powerful therapy that has been researched for 25 years.

It has been shown to help people recovery from both ordinary stress and extraordinary trauma.

EMDR has been proven to free people from phantom limb pain after an amputation.  Such pain really adds insult to injury. It is hard enough to have the trauma that caused the amputation, and then the grief over the loss of a body part.  But to have pain in the part as if it is still there is terribly depressing.  Pain medications and surgery often do not resolve it.  Apparently the pains are remembered in the brain.  EMDR is good at helping to “digest” and process such memories so than they enter a calm or neutral state.  No more pain.

If EMDR can help for a problem this intense, think about what it can do for you.

Newport Beach is fortunate to have a highly experienced and trained EMDR therapist, Lois Bregman, LCSW, EAC.

Link here to find her:

EMDR Therapy in Newport Beach, CA

Anxiety, Fear or Stress Issues in Sacramento? Sacramento Anxiety Counselor

I’d like to introduce you to Mary Reigel, LMFT, a dedicated and caring, highly qualified and experienced EMDR therapist in Sacramento, CA. She specializes in treating fears, anxieties and severe stress, including medical trauma.  I keep meeting her at valuable trainings around the state, including yesterday in La Jolla taught by Katie O’Shea.

We are going deeper into a wonderful, effective, safe and efficient way to help people with their emotions, including fear, sadness, depression, anxiety, and many, many more.  This approach, using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing psychotherapy) helps people to resolve disturbing past experiences, especially those that happened early in their lives, that may be the cause of current emotional difficulties.  O’Shea’s method allows emotions to serve us, come and go easily, and not be problems in our life.

Mary is EMDRIA Certified in EMDR and an Approved Consultant.  She can help you to learn this way to live with your emotions.  Please link below to Mary Reigel’s profile to call her in Sacramento and get going today.

Mary’s Profile Page for Sacramento in ComprehensiveTherapyApproach.com

 

Anxiety, Fear or Stress Issues in Auburn, California? Auburn Anxiety Counselor

I’d like to introduce you to Merrill Powers, LMFT, a dedicated and caring, highly qualified and experienced EMDR therapist in Auburn, CA. She specializes in treating fears, anxieties and stress.  I keep meeting her at valuable trainings around the state, including yesterday in La Jolla taught by Katie O’Shea.

We are learning a wonderful, effective, safe and efficient way to help people with their emotions, including fear, sadness, depression, anxiety, and many, many more.  This approach, using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing psychotherapy) helps people to resolve disturbing past experiences, especially those that happened early in their lives, that may be the cause of current emotional difficulties.  O’Shea’s method allows emotions to serve us, come and go easily, and not be problems in our life.

Merrill is EMDRIA Certified in EMDR and an Approved Consultant.  She can help you to learn this way to live with your emotions.  Please link below to Merrill’s profile to call her in Auburn and get going today.

 

Merrill’s Profile Page on ComprehensiveTherapyApproach.com

 

Relationship or Couples Issues in East Davis, California? Davis, CA Couples Counselor – find a Counselor who can Help you Find Intimacy and Connection Again

I’d like to introduce you to Diane Simon, LMFT, a dedicated and caring, highly qualified and experienced EMDR therapist in East Davis, CA. She specializes in treating relationship issues couples face.  I keep meeting her at valuable trainings around the state, including today in La Jolla taught by Katie O’Shea.

We are learning a wonderful, effective, safe and efficient way to help people with their emotions, including fear, sadness, depression, anxiety, and many, many more.  This approach, using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing psychotherapy) helps couple to resolve disturbing past experiences, especially those that happened early in their lives, that may be the cause of current relationship difficulties.  Yes, current issues are important too.  But past difficulties or lack of nurturing almost seem to set us up for failure. O’Shea’s method allows us to heal.  We can learn that emotions serve us, can come and go easily, and not be problems in our relationships.

Diane is EMDRIA Certified in EMDR and can help you to learn this way to live with your emotions, and hence become more comfortable together in your relationship.  Please link below to find the Davis, CA page and the link to Diane’s profile.  Give her a call in Davis and get going today.

East Davis, CA Page on ComprehensiveTherapyApproach.com

 

 

“Shoot First” is a sad attempt to prevent trauma or death

Rethinking Florida’s “Shoot First” Law

We live in an instant gratification society.  People don’t take the necessary time to think or talk things through.  Some college roommates argue by sitting side by side at their desks, texting the conflict.  Some don’t know how to turn, face each other and share directly.  I’ve heard the report of a man learning of his girlfriend’s affair through a Facebook boast by the new boyfriend.  In Florida we have people scared that they might be attacked, shooting quickly, with fatal results.  And now in California, we have a producer of an inflammatory video about the Prophet Mohammed who has caused great aggravation to Muslims, resulting in the death of our ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens yesterday, September 12, 2012.

 

As EMDR Trauma therapists, we deal with the aftermath, all the loss, grief and pain that got “sprayed” by the bullets.  I treat trauma survivors, which may include survivors, family members or witnesses.  In an excellent documentary called “EMDR” a college professor said, “If you don’t transform pain, you transmit it.”  EMDR is a research validated way to efficiently transform pain and trauma.  I am concerned the “Shoot First” law Florida will transmit more and more pain and trauma.

To learn more about how EMDR can help with the pain of traumas and tragedies, please visit our website:

www.ComprehensiveTherapyApproach.com

Floridians, please rethink this law.  I can understand the frustration that went into it, but there are better solutions.

In addition to being a therapist, I have been a self-defense instructor.  That training is excellent, and could be given to every high school student, especially if it also gives the skills for psychological defense against psychological assault/bullying/gossip (or whatever you want to call it).  When people feel confident in their physical and assertive skills, they can see problems coming and avoid or overcome them.  This is just one suggestion.

Travon Martin did not need to die.  Please correct the situation with a better solution to an important problem.  Let us prevent more people in ordinary life from suffering extraordinary, early death.  I understand the law was an attempt to do that.  But we can and must do better.  Best wishes to Florida in doing so.

Innovative Eating Disorder Treatment in Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe

Author:  Susie Morgan, MA, MA, LMFT

Posted and Edited by:  Dana Terrell, LCSW

I find remarkable efficacy in treating the compulsive behaviors that are often integral to Eating Disorders through a modified EMDR method called the Feeling State Addiction Protocol (FSAP).  The initial research on the FSAP, by Dr. Robert Miller, is promising, and more research is needed.

If you wish, please link to full article in printable form on ComprehensiveTherapyApproach.com (it includes a photo of Susie).

                                                                  Susie’s full article with photo

The FSAP works from the theory that addictions and compulsions are often birthed in the moment when a person experiences an intensely desired positive feeling while engaging in a certain behavior.  The fireworks that are experienced in that moment are the result of the behavior eliciting the sensation that a pre-existing need has been profoundly met.  For instance, a child being deprived of love and safety in a neglectful home finds the only comfort available in sneaking ice cream, or a teen being ostracized by peers experiences a wave of superiority as she feels the bony edges of her hips, which to her represent ideal thinness.

The experience of the positive “feeling state” is so potent because of the person’s specific history and emotional/relational vulnerability.  When the positive feeling state is paired with the behavior, it is as if the two become neurologically welded together.  Subsequently, a person will compulsively seek to recreate that feeling state by engaging in the behavior (e.g. overeating or restricting), often at great cost and despite white-knuckled effort to change.

The FSAP appears to break this neurological bonding, in a similar manner to the way in which standard EMDR breaks up the “stuck” traumatic memory.  As the intensity of the bond between the feeling state and the behavior lessens, clients find that their urges and cravings to engage in their anorexic or bulimic behaviors diminish and even disappear.

Often, this process brings the person’s original vulnerability to the surface, as it can no longer be numbed or hidden with the compulsive behavior.  The standard EMDR Protocol can then be used to resolve the underlying painful experiences that created the felt “need” for the Eating Disorder in the first place.

Editor’s note:  Susie Morgan is an EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA-Approved Consultant who treats Eating Disorders in her comfortable office at the border of Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego County.

To connect with Susie, please link to her Profile Page on

ComprehensiveTherapyApproach.com