Posts Tagged ‘Sacramento’

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.

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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!




Stress at the root of Depression? Yes, say Neuroscientists

Karen Wager-Smith, PhD and her colleague, Athina Markou, PhD of UCSD conducted a thorough review of the literature. It was published in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 35 (2011) 742-764. They report evidence that stress, including trauma, is a (usually unrecognized) cause of depression. Dr. Wager-Smith is a neuroscientist who contacted me to ask if I could help advertise this to the public.

I am beginning to do so with this post, and will do more in the future. She is deeply concerned that people aren’t getting the help that they really need. So am I. And I’m thrilled to have her urging on my efforts to spread the word.

There is a great need for more research in this area, but EMDR therapists will not be surprised by this finding. We find traumatic stress is at the root of so many conditions. And Francine Shapiro does clearly point out that trauma can be “Big T” trauma, such as war or rape. Or, it can be “small t” trauma, such as never getting hugged or affirmed as a child, being criticized by parents, siblings, peers, and so on.

Knowing this background to depression, what happens when you only deal with the chemical aspects of depression, or the cognitive aspects? The depression returns. Everyone knows that medication doesn’t have a lasting effect. If you quit the medication because of the side effects, the depression returns. And Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, though it can be effective, results in backsliding when the therapy is over. Research has shown that with EMDR, the improvements actually continue building after therapy is complete. This is because we are getting at the underlying cause (stress and trauma), and making actual differences in the brain. If you never treat the underlying cause, it is there ready to “brew trouble” when something triggers that traumatic reaction (including depressed feelings) again.

There is a great need for more research on EMDR for Depression. It still has not been done extensively, but EMDR therapists and their clients report good results. One client this week said, “I didn’t even realized that when I first came here, I was depressed and agoraphobic. Now I’m happy, and I enjoy people!”

To find an EMDRIA-Certified EMDR therapist who specializes in treating depression in the Sacramento Valley Region, go to our Depression specialty page at