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spread the word about EMDR Therapy

my nickname is eyesopen100 and this is the first time I have ever used a blog, but I am very adamant about letting the public know about the life saving experences I have traveled in my 3 year journey of EMDR. If there is someone out their that can advise me the proper way to use site it would be very helpful

Thank you

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I just posted that I am new to blogging, but I wanted to include that PSTD was so horrible that I was diagnosised with PNES physcogenic non eplipectic seizures. Dr Shaprio works closely with my EMDR neuropsychologist. I am very interested in sharing my “life” and given renewed life thru EMDR Iwould like to write a book from the patient point of view. Does this blog have any connection with Dr. Shaprio?

Find a Certified EMDR Therapist in Orange County

Congratulations for knowing about EMDR therapy.  You are in a select group.  Do you know that only 12% of San Diego County knows about EMDR? (I’ve researched it.) What is your guess for Orange County?

The good news is this:  We have a growing resource of Certified EMDR therapists for you in Orange County.  The website is called www.ComprehensiveTherapyApproach.com

We’ve designed it to make it easy to find a Certified EMDR therapist near you.  Additionally, it has great articles about developments in treatment.  For instance, a very powerful new addictions protocol has been researched by Robert Miller, PhD.  EMDR therapists are now being trained in it.  It is called the FSAP protocol.  Susan Brown wrote a very informative article about it which can be found on the website.  If you know someone struggling with addictions, please read and forward the article.

This training will be held nearby in Los Angeles in September.  More info is available on Robert Miller’s website

 

 

Treating Depression and It’s Cause: Stressful Events

Robin Shapiro offered an excellent course on “Treating Depression with EMDR” on March 31 in Oakland, CA, as part of the EMDRIA Regional Mini-Conference. Two of us from San Diego, Bernadette Talia and myself enjoy road trips, so we drove up there for the course.

Shapiro made key important points. Did you know that 75% of first depressions are caused by stress?   Though there is a popular notion that depression is genetic, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) conducted a meta-analysis of 25 studies of 14,000 people. Result: There is no risk of depression due to genetics, it is due to events. (NOTE: this does not apply to bipolar depression, which does have a genetic basis, though it too, must be triggered by stress for the first episode.

Because EMDR is designed to treat memories that are dysfunctionally stored (with negative beliefs and feelings and sensations) it also works well for depression and anxiety. In addition to clearing specific traumas, it is important to treat the trauma of severe depressions, and the fear of depression returning. This can help people in ways that amaze them.

Please consider finding a Certified EMDR therapist in San Diego to help you overcome your depression or anxiety. ComprehensiveTherapyApproach seeks to have thoroughly trained and certified EMDR counselors, so you know that you will benefit from all that EMDR has to offer.

To link to the San Diego EMDR directory on ComprehensiveTherapyApproach.com, link toSan Diego EMDR Directory

 

Robin Shapiro led Course in the Bay Area on “EMDR and Depression” (mentioning Anxiety a lot, too) 3/31/12

Though I live in San Diego, and we have many excellent EMDR courses offered here, I couldn’t resist going to Oakland on 3/31 to attend Shapiro’s one day Mini-Conference sponsored by Phillip Mansfield, EMDRIA Regional Coordinator for the East Bay Area.  Her topic of EMDR and Depression is a very important one.  Much more research is needed on the EMDR treatment of depression, but some has been done.

In the 2007 Jan issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, research was published by van der Kolk, DL Korn, et. al. They found that at 6 month follow-up 75% of adult-onset PTSD clients (also with depression symptoms) receiving only 8 sessions of EMDR treatment achieved a status of being free from the symptoms of PTSD or depression.

Those who had child-onset trauma achieved a 33.3% eradication of PTSD and depression symptoms.  The therapists involved thought that those clients could have achieved the same success rate if they received more than just 8 sessions of EMDR.  This research actually compared EMDR and Prozac for the treatment of PTSD.  EMDR was effective.  Prozac was not.

We have many Certified EMDR therapists in the Bay Area who can help with Anxiety and Depression.  To find them, please link to the ComprehensiveTherapyApproach.com’s Bay Area Directory.

Can Anxiety and Depression be considered “trauma”? What do you think?

I have a client who came in yesterday with severe panic that is making him feel like he is crazy.  The trauma for him was when his girlfriend let him know she’d been having an affair and was breaking up with him.  He has full-fledged PTSD and depression, plus dissociation, hence he was severely worried that he was indeed crazy.

I educated him about trauma, PTSD and Depression, and shared some things recently learned at the EMDRIA Regional Mini-Conference held on March 31, 2012 in Oakland, CA.  This outstanding event was sponsored by Regional Coordinator, Phillip Mansfield.    Robin Shapiro spoke about EMDR and Depression, and made some key points:

75% of first depressions are caused by stress. Though there is a popular notion that depression is genetic, NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) conducted a meta-analysis of 25 studies of 14,000 people. Result: There is no risk of depression due to genetics, it is due to events. (NOTE: this does not apply to bipolar depression, which does have a genetic basis, though it too, must be triggered by stress for the first episode.)

Because EMDR is designed to treat memories that are dysfunctionally stored (with negative beliefs and feelings and sensations) it also works well for depression and anxiety. In addition to clearing specific traumas, it is important to treat the trauma of severe depressions, anxiety episodes, or panic attacks, and toward the end of treatment, the fear of these returning.

This can help people in ways that amaze them.

Please consider finding a Certified EMDR therapist in the Bay Area to help you overcome your depression or anxiety. ComprehensiveTherapyApproach seeks to have thoroughly trained and certified EMDR counselors, so you know that you will benefit from all that EMDR has to offer.

To link to the Bay Area directory on ComprehensiveTherapyApproach.com, link toBay Area EMDR Directory

Harper’s Bazaar Article about EMDR will help Sacramento people find an amazing counseling approach

Alix Strauss wanted help getting past the extraordinarily painful breakup of her marriage.  She had tried crying, lots of talk therapy and support of friends, yet still she was depressed and “stuck in the past.”  Finally a counselor recommended EMDR to her, which she had never heard of.

To me this part of the story is tragic.  EMDR has been thoroughly research validated for 20 years, and accepted by every major insurance for about 10 years with the exception of Tricare which finally approved it in 2007.  Yet it is still not well known.  The article called EMDR “radical” but I hardly think something covered by all insurances could be considered radical. They approve payment only if research has been rigorous.

I want people to know about EMDR so they can get help promptly rather than suffer for a long time.

Check into the Harper’s Bazaar Article, and come back if you would like to comment.  I’d love to keep the conversation going.

And if you want to seek a Certified EMDR therapist in Sacramento, please come to the Sacramento EMDR directory featuring the EMDR therapists of highest standards.

Cheering the spread of knowledge about EMDR!

Dana

 

 

Curt Rouanzoin gives Seminar in Costa Mesa on Dissociation 3/5

I’m very much looking forward to this training which will benefit Orange County EMDR therapists as well as any of us who can travel a distance to attend (I’m an EMDR therapist in San Diego). Will post more about what I learn there later.

Just Gave Marketing Seminar in Mission Viejo for EMDR Therapists

Yesterday I had the pleasure to meet with Orange County EMDR therapists. I shared positive and ethical approaches to marketing their practice and helping to spread the word about EMDR to Orange County residents. Above all, I want to help people in Orange County who don’t even know about EMDR find them and their effective services. This is an ambitious task, and an important one. My survey has indicated that the public knowledge level about EMDR is way lower than it’s success rate of 80-89%. It is around 15% (gasp!). To me this is tragic and needs to be changed! Unfortunately for therapists in San Diego, Mission Viejo, Orange, Fullerton, Sacramento and elsewhere (we generally don’t like marketing much) the bad news is that this goal will require savvy but simple, concentrated and regular marketing efforts (my humble opinion). Hence, I decided it was necessary to offer “Marketing Your EDMR Practice Effectively, Efficiently and Ethically”. If you would like to schedule this course for your EMDR community, please contact me through the “Contact Us” section of MyTraumaTherapy.com, or SanDiegoTraumaTherapy.com. Thanks!

Dana Terrell, LCSW, AC

Integrated EMDR Protocol for Treatment of Primary Headaches

I attended Steven Marcus’s Seminar on using an Integrated EMDR Protocol for treatment of Headache. His protocol is the only researched way to interrupt a headache in process and bring it to a 0 in 20 to 75 min.
I feel deeply appreciative for his patient dedication to the development, researching and training in this protocol, and especially of the fact that he gives this training to therapists trained in EMDR. As a San Diego therapist, I am eager to share the news that people in San Diego interested in a non-medication treatment for headache with research validation (researched by Kaiser Permanente in Northern California) now have a new alternative! This treatment was researched on common migraines, and also works on tension and cluster headaches. The success rate is not 100%, but it is high. Thus, it is worth a try for most headache sufferers. Unfortunately it does not work on Chronic Daily Headache.