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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

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 ComprehensiveTherapyApproach.com 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 Approach.com.

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:    www.ComprehensiveTherapyApproach.com

 

EMDR Therapist Susan Kluge has joined the Sierra Madre branch of Comprehensive Therapy Approach website

In launching the Los Angeles Directory of Comprehensive Therapy Approach.com we are delighted to welcome Susan Kluge, MA, LMFT.  Her office in Sierra Madre is on West Sierra Madre Blvd.

Susan Kluge is a Certified EMDR Therapist who specializes in serving Teens, Adults, Couples and Seniors.  She has a  Certificate in Gerontology.

Additional specialties Susan has include:  Anxiety, Panic Disorders, Trauma and PTSD, Depression, Addiction Recovery, Co-Dependency, Obsessive Thinking, Compulsive Behaviors, Self-Esteem Issues, Loss and Grief, Life Transitions, Stress management, Relationship Issues, Childhood Issues, Spirituality.

The Treatment Modalities she employs include:  EMDR Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Pre-Marital Counseling.

Please link here to her Profile Page (under construction) on ComprehensiveTherapyApproach.com Sierra Madre

 

Depression, Suicide and Junior Seau

Our whole community in San Diego County is grieving. We have lost to suicide a wonderful man, football player elected to the Chargers Hall of Fame, and a generous and concerned community philanthropist.

We are in shock. This private man apparently made one previous suicide attempt which took his car over a 30 foot cliff.  He survived and said he’d fallen asleep at the wheel.  However, he’d just been arrested with charges of domestic violence. In a very human way, our community responded with denial.  We wanted to believe him.  Now we know we ignored the red flags.

Now we know Junior Seau was depressed.  Link here to read rest of the article

Treating Anxiety and Depression with EMDR Therapy in San Diego

in Oakland, CA on March 31.  Her topic of EMDR and Depression is a very important one.  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 San Diego Area who can help with Anxiety and Depression.  To find them, please link to the ComprehensiveTherapyApproach.com’s San 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.

Treating Depression and Anxiety as Trauma in Seattle

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. I’ve been meaning to post on it ever since! So sorry for the delay.

She made some important points. 75% of first depressions are caused by stress. Though there is a popular notion that depression is genetic, 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 Seattle 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 Seattle directory on ComprehensiveTherapyApproach.com, link to Seattle 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

 

 

“Better than [talk] Therapy?” EMDR with a certified therapist is easy to access in the Bay Area

I had to add my editorial comment to the actual title of an article just published by Harper’s Bazaar.  EMDR is therapy. I consider it a quantum leap ahead of usual talk therapy.

The author, Alix Strauss, discovered EMDR by accident, it seems.  She is convinced of the value of it even though she doesn’t quite fully understand it.  Often people respond that way.  They can’t believe that something that has kept them depressed or stuck for months, years or decades could resolve so quickly.

Alix shares that the developer of EMDR, Francine Shapiro is from California, but doesn’t mention that she’s from the Bay Area!  Dr. Shapiro is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto.

Please check out the Bazaar article, which posted on March 16.   I’d love it if you come back here to comment about it.

We have many Certified EMDR therapists in the Bay Area available to help.  If you would like to check out the Comprehensive Therapy Approach called EMDR, please call them from this Bay Area EMDR Directory.

Cheering the spread of EMDR!

Dana

EMDR is Driving my Recovery from PTSD and Addiction

One week ago I sat in a rental home in Bodega Bay, vacationing with my sister. It was cold. I lit a fire in the fireplace. No big deal, right? Something anyone would do? Not me. Not since January 17, 2009. January 17, 2009 a cooking fire left me with burns to over 20% of my body: right hand, arm, and torso primarily. I lived alone and was not found for 2 days. I was not to survive. Hospitalized for five weeks, half of which I spent in a coma, I was released with no use of my hand or arm and scars that ran so deep, even the best surgeon and physical therapist were unable to help.

At the insistence of family and friends, I reluctantly contacted multiple therapists. I signed on with my EMDR therapist not knowing what to expect, and quite honestly without much hope. The universe works in mysterious ways. My therapist introduced me to a process called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). She explained that EMDR has been used in PTSD with wonderful results. I didn’t care. I only wanted some small moment in time where I was free from the night and day dreams of the fire. I wanted to cook a meal without feeling sick. I wanted to forget.

My therapist wasted no time and within weeks of signing on, I was LOVING the process. As we worked through the memories of the fire and its aftermath, I found myself counting on sessions with my therapist to quiet my mind. In the past 40+ years, I have been unable to find any relief from an overactive, chattering mind. Nothing, that is, but alcohol. I am a recovering alcoholic and have been an active member of AA. Still, the mind chatters. My therapist and I discussed the application of EMDR in recovery from addiction. Today, I wonder how, after all the recovery, the rehabs, and the pain, why have I not heard of this? I realize that there are as many approaches to recovery as there are addicts, and I would never presume to know what will work for another, but for me, EMDR is driving my recovery.

EMDR is a process that one must experience to understand. I trust in it, and yet am not entirely convinced I understand it. Not that I care. Today I have no fear of fire. I have no nightmares. I have few thoughts of drinking. I look forward to my EMDR sessions. I have found the application of EMDR useful in so many ways: trauma from the fire, addiction, quieting the mind, and now, sorting through the memories and traumas of my past.”