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What is EMDR and How it Can Benefit You.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based therapeutic approach that focuses on past negative experiences (memories) that are emotionally charged and driven. EMDR utilizes the learning capabilities of the brain to help process past experiences and integrate them into the present. These past negative experiences often influence our present thoughts, feelings, emotions, and …

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The Benefits of EMDR with People Having History of Trauma

What is EMDR? EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing.  Eye movement or other forms of bilateral stimulation seem to activate problem-solving processes, something that happens during REM sleep when the eyes are darting back and forth.  EMDR clinicians focus on a key specific problem and identify negative and positive emotions, sensations, and beliefs.  Then …

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How Does Trauma Effect Children and Adolescents?

What is trauma? Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. Trauma can occur at any time in an individual’s life. Not all traumatic events leave visible marks on the individual’s body. Trauma can be held in the body leaving lasting effects emotionally and psychologically even when physical marks are not seen. Children …

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Mental Health Awareness Month

While in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember that this May is Mental Health Awareness month.  Over 43 million Americans live with some sort of serious mental illness. Unfortunately, only 41% of those struggling receive treatment for mental illness.  The challenges of mental health take many different forms. The first …

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Understanding and Practicing Self-Care

What is self-care?  Self-care involves taking care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Self-care helps us feel better, e.g. feeling less stressed, anxious, depressed, and makes us more resilient. The first step for self-care is identifying and understanding our needs in various areas in life that require more attention. Then we deliberately take corresponding …

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The Benefits of Teletherapy During COVID-19

Telehealth (online counseling) has been around for years and has been increasing in popularity.  We have all been greatly impacted by COVID-19 and with orders to shelter in place, Teletherapy provides a good option for many people to follow the order and continue with their treatment.  Historically, telehealth has been used when geographic, physical, or …

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Understanding Eating Disorders

Eating disorders may be more prevalent than you realize. The latest statistics indicate that more than 30 million people in the U.S. will suffer from an eating disorder; 10 million of those individuals are men. Eating disorders involve severe disturbances in eating behavior.  The two main types of eating disorders are anorexia and bulimia.  Both of these …

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Understanding Social Anxiety

What is Social Anxiety Disorder? Social Anxiety Disorder (also known as Social Phobia) is an Anxiety Disorder described as an overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in normal social situations. Social anxiety disorder affects approximately 15 million American adults and is the second most commonly diagnosed anxiety disorder following specific phobia. The average age of onset …

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Trouble Controlling Uncomfortable Thoughts or Emotions?

As human beings, we all get to experience emotional discomfort such as anxiety, anger, depression, helplessness or guilt. Emotional discomfort is something that is to a large degree outside of our control as human beings.  Life will bring all of us painful feelings and thoughts from time to time.  And, when it does, we often …

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Coping With Grief

Coping with loss is inevitable at some point in our lives. Grief can be confusing, overwhelming, and exhausting with no time line or exact formula to tell you what to do. It is challenging because of the different variables involved in the grief event. Grief is not limited to the death of a loved one …

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Mindfulness and Music

Of all the things that can draw our attention, we pay relatively little attention to the now. Rather, our attention is directed towards the past or the future. As we are taking a shower in the morning, we rarely pay attention to showering itself and the sensations that it entails. Instead, we are focusing on …

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Understanding ADHD and Some Tips to Help

What is ADHD? Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder that affects about three to five percent of American children and adults. ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood, and the condition can continue into the adult years. Many individuals with ADHD are undiagnosed until adulthood. The common characteristics of ADHD are impulsivity, inattention, and/or …

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