Archive for the ‘Orange County EMDR Counselor or Therapist’ Category

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

Counseling Help for Panic in Newport Beach

Lois Bregman, LCSW, is a very capable and experienced therapist who can help with Anxiety Disorders such as Panic or PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).  She has been a Certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapist, training Facilitator, and Approved Consultant to help other therapists become Certified.

Please check out her profile page on

Lois Bregman, LCSW, AC

Lois Bregman, LCSW, AC offering counseling that makes a difference in Newport Beach, CA

I am happy to welcome Lois Bregman, LCSW, AC to the Orange County branch.

I’ve had the privilege to attend many trainings in EMDR with Lois. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  It is a well researched therapy that is very effective at helping our brains to heal from stressful, distressing or even traumatic experiences that may lead to anxiety, depression, PTSD (post-traumatic stress) or Panic Attacks. More info about EMDR can be found on the Home Page of Comprehensive Therapy

It impresses me that Lois continually seeks out innovative applications of EMDR for specialty needs, such as Panic Attacks or Panic Disorder, Eating Disorders, Relationship and Marital Issues, Anxiety, Depression, and Adults molested as children.

Lois Bregman, LCSW, EAC is highly experienced in EMDR.  She serves new EMDR therapists in their Level 1 and Level 2 trainings, and gives them follow-up consultation as well.  Additionally she helps fully trained EMDR therapist to become Certified by completing 20 additional hours of consultation, 12 hours of advanced training in EMDR, and 6 other requirements.  Beyond that, she assists Certified EMDR therapists to become Approved Consultants such as herself.

Would you like to read more about her philosophy and how she helps people seeking freedom from issues that may have been affecting them for a long time, even after trying therapy in the past, but being disappointed?  To read more about Lois Bregman, please link here:


June 27, 2012 is the third National PTSD Awareness Day

Tomorrow, June 27, 2012 is the third National PTSD Awareness Day.  It exists thanks to a resolution sponsored by Senator Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and passed by Congress. (Thank you, Senator Conrad!)

This date is chosen in honor of a North Dakota Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Joe Biel who took his own life following two tours in Iraq. Biel’s birthday was June 27th. There are concerns that up to 30 percent of the veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan may be affected by PTSD. With such large numbers of returning troops, we need well trained mental health professionals to help our veterans.   And we need informed people like you, who can share useful facts and info with dear ones who can use it.

The tragedy is that PTSD is resolvable.  Much research has proven that EMDR can help PTSD resolve without a lot of talking or homework between sessions.  And, people continue to improve once the therapy is complete.

CBT can also help people successfully, for those who are comfortable with talking and homework.

To find Certified EMDR therapists in the Veteran’s health system, ask your doctor or social worker.  It has been approved by the VA and by the Department of Defense.  If it is not available in your local VA, it is a political issue, and may need political solutions.  You might contact Senator Conrad for ideas or your own senator or congressperson.

If you are a civilian, you might still have PTSD without having gone to war.  Research has shown that people can have higher PTSD scores for non-life-threatening traumas or stresses.  Certified EMDR therapists can be easily found in the following cities/areas, please link to their local Directories:

Bay Area Certified EMDR Therapists

Los Angeles Certified EMDR Therapists:  (will launch the first members in a week)

Orange County Certified EMDR Therapists

Sacramento Area Certified EMDR Therapists 

San Diego County Certified EMDR Therapists

Seattle Area Certified EMDR Therapists 

Washington State Certified EMDR Therapists

If you want a similar directory to come to your area, please contact me, Dana Terrell, at


Antoinette Gupta of Irvine just joined the EMDR directory: ComprehensiveTherapyApproach

I am pleased to announce that as an EMDR therapist in process of achieving EMDRIA Certification, Antoinette Gupta, LMFT has just joined the Orange County branch of

Wouldn’t it be nice to just lose interest in an Addiction?

I met her at an excellent training by Robert Miller, PhD in a powerful EMDR protocol for Addictions.  This “Feeling State Addictions Protocol” (FSAP) helps people with Substance or Behavioral Addictions to lose interest in their addiction!

Meeting Antoinette was a pleasure.  She is very enthusiastic about how EMDR is helping her clients, and eager to complete EMDRIA Certification by December.  Her specialties include:

Relationship issues
Grief and Loss
Addiction (behavioral and substance)
Anxiety and Depression
Self Esteem

Please link to Antoinette’s profile page to read more about her specialties.


Alexa Foster, PhD Specializes in Creativity and Performance Enhancement in Mission Viejo

Alexa Foster, PhD is a Certified EMDR Therapist who also specializes in Trauma Resolution, Family Relationships and Parenting.  She treats both Adults and Teens.

She’s done a great job of describing how she could help you with any of these issues.  Please link here to her profile page on the new web directory of Certified EMDR Therapists, called

EMDR Therapist Monika Summerfield, LMFT of Huntington Beach, CA has just joined Comprehensive Therapy Approach Web Directory

Monika Summerfield, LMFT is often attending trainings that I have attended, either in Orange County or San Diego County. So I’ve had the privilege to get to know her.

Monika recently attended an excellent training by Dr. Robert Miller about his EMDR protocol for the treatment of Behavioral and Substance Addictions. This has been one of Monika’s specialties for some time. Link below to learn more about her specialties, which include Relationship Issues, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Trauma and PTSD, Grief and Loss, Self-esteem and Spirituality. Her clients have written very enthusiastic testimonials about their experience in therapy with her. To read more about Monika Summerfield please link to her profile page

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

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



Just attended Bessel Van der Kock seminar in Newport Beach 2/12

Bessel Van der Kock is a brain researcher and trauma specialist who endorsed EMDR as one of the most effective treatment approaches for trauma. He doesn’t do this lightly, but due to his research comparing the value of EMDR therapy to Prozac for the treatment of PTSD. He found that EMDR gained better results which kept on increasing after treatment was over. As you would expect, when Prozac treatment was stopped, the gains decreased.

He augments EMDR treatment with body-oriented approaches such as yoga, tai chi, martial arts, etc. to help people gain more awareness and comfort in their bodies. He is an engaging speaker with a great sense of humor that made for a very valuable seminar. This was sponsored by The Meadows. Thank you!

I met an EMDR therapist there from Orange County: Monika Summerfield, as she was informing Dr. Van der Koch that she has been combining EMDR and Yoga in her practice for years.  She and other Orange County EMDR therapists who took Dr. Van Der Koch’s seminar can be found on the Orange County directory of Certified EMDR Therapists (and Approved Consultants) called

Excited about launch of an Orange County Directory of Certified EMDR Therapists

I was just talking to my friend, Alia, a San Diego therapist. I let her know we will be doing a seminar soon in Mission Viejo to help support the new members of our website launching soon in Orange County. We want Orange County therapists specializing in EMDR to be able to benefit from the strength of our original web site in San Diego. Since 2006, it has been serving our San Diego therapists who are Certified in EMDR, or at least well-along in the Certification process. We will basically be duplicating the San Diego therapist site and adapting it for Orange County.

My mission is to spread the word about EMDR and help people discover EMDR when they are in need of help.  They can google “Addictions” or “Depression” or “Panic” and discover a page on our website that will explain how EMDR can help with these issues.  Also we have many articles in the Articles Section that tell more about these and other topics.

Check out our new and improved Orange County EMDR website: