Having given you an idea of what it looks like to have EMDR therapy, and what the research shows about how it works, I thought it’d be helpful if I describe my own experience with an EMDR session. I know not all therapists are created equal, but the sessions will likely be similar.
There are some misconceptions about meditation in Western society. It doesn’t mean sitting with your eyes closed and legs folded until your backside goes numb. It doesn’t require special chants or being part of a specific religion. Meditation has many forms. There is deep breathing meditation, where you time your breaths in, and pay attention… Read More Top Skills Thursday: Meditate on a passage
EMDR therapy has 8 phases. Generally speaking, things can be resolved in as few as 6 sessions. Deeper work can be completed with more, of course. (I went to the deeper work after I realized how effective it was.) The phases of EMDR are: history taking client preparation assessment desensitization installation body scan closure examining… Read More Therapy Tuesday: EMDR – Phases of treatment
EMDR therapy started in 1987 with Francine Shapiro. She observed a shift in reaction to distressing memories when certain eye movements were used. From there she developed what we know today as EMDR. (Again, EMDR is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.) The first thing she was able to prove about this process was that while… Read More Therapy Tuesday: EMDR – The Origins
Face it, no matter what your job is, odds are it gets stressful. For someone with a mental health disorder like depression, anxiety, or PTSD, that stress can escalate into a hellscape. The good news is, you don’t have to lose your job. You can get help to survive. Please know that in the US,… Read More Top Skills Thursday: Workplace Resources
I almost feel I should offer an apology before each post in this series. I am very biased in favor of EMDR therapy. DBT was what saved me in my 20’s and made me functional enough to survive raising kids. Not worthless at all. A few years ago an event set off the PTSD so… Read More Therapy Tuesday: EMDR
I had a very rough weekend. I’m going to talk about it for two reasons. One, it may help someone to know how I handle the really huge anxiety attacks. Two, I often feel like a fake, writing about how to handle anxiety, depression, and PTSD when I still struggle so hard with them. Yes,… Read More Top Skills Thursday: Triggered and Fighting
We’ve reached the end of the series on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I know it took a while to get here, but as was shown, it’s a complex, multifaceted therapy. The entire course takes a full six months of weekly group sessions in addition to some pretty intense individual sessions. It’s a commitment of time,… Read More Therapy Tuesday: DBT Wrap-Up
Four simple DBT tricks to help when you’re overwhelmed.… Read More Top Skills Thursday: T.I.P.P.