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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

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

 

 

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 Helps Worriers in Seattle, Washington

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  It is a psychotherapy that has been researched thoroughly and proven to help with the severe problem of PTST.  Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is an intense anxiety disorder.  EMDR can help milder anxiety, as well.  Worry is one of those cases.  Here are the comments of one client:

“What I have learned from my EMDR sessions has changed my entire outlook and perspective on life. I am one that has a problem with worrying about everything. Now with the help of EMDR I feel more confident in myself and am finally in control of my life. It has been an extremely valuable and helpful experience.”   — Bonnie

We have a wonderful resource in Seattle to help you find a Certified EMDR therapist.  We have therapists in Kirkland, Spokane Valley, Seattle, Port Orchard and Poulsbo.  They’d love to hear from you.  Please check them out at www.ComprehensiveTherapyApproach.com

 

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

 

I thought “EMDR is NOT for me!” — until I tried it

Almost a year ago I realized I had been in regular talk therapy for over 6 years. Though I had made some progress, I always got “stuck,” seemingly not making progress for months on end, still feeling anxieties and depression symptoms.

Much of my trouble in therapy was my hesitance to talk about horrible experiences of my childhood that have haunted me in my adult life, intimate relationships, and my job. The same feelings and difficulties would resurface.

Then, a naturopathic physician recommended EMDR therapy for me. I had heard of this approach before, but never did I think myself a candidate. “That’s for trauma victims,” I used to say to myself.

Nevertheless, I made an appointment. In one session alone, I was blown away by the immediate and powerful impact it had in alleviating my anxieties in discussing my troubling childhood. Session after session I experienced relief and could enjoy my life, family, and friends more and more.

The wonderful effects are long-lasting, too. I feel my dark past has dissolved much. I was mistaken to write off EMDR as “not for me.” Don’t let your fears and assumptions stop you from trying EMDR, as it stopped me for too long.

LF, 35 year old male, now leaving one professional career and entering medical school

Hope for Anxiety Sufferers in Bay Area on BayAreaTraumaTherapy.com

An excellent treatment for anxiety is featured on BayAreaTraumaTherapy.com. EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensization and Reprocessing has more research validating it for the treatment of PTSD (an anxiety diagnosis) than any other treatment. It has been approved for the treatment of PTSD by conservative organizations such as the Veteran’s Administration, American Psychological Association, Department of Defense and the American Psychiatric Association. EMDR therapists often find that bad experiences of all kinds can cause emotional distress, whether or not they qualify for PTSD. They can cause anxiety, depression or other emotional or behavioral issues. Please check out the site to learn more about EMDR!
www.BayAreaTraumaTherapy.com