Trauma and EMDR- Part Nine

In earlier blogs in this series, we’ve referenced Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Here’s the explanation of this great research-based approach to resolving trauma. What kind of problems can EMDR treat? Scientific research has established EMDR as most effective for post-traumatic stress.  However, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR … Read More

Trauma and EMDR- Part Eight

In this series, we’ve talked about different types of trauma and how we’ve all experienced a trauma that has impacted us, whether or not we’ve named it as such; how traumatic experiences are encoded and stored differently in our brains than other non-traumatic events; and we then looked at signs … Read More

Trauma & EMDR- Part Seven

To revisit the previous blogs in this series, you can click here for Part 6, or here for all blogs in this series. When trauma goes unaddressed for extended periods, the initial signs and symptoms – which were outlined in the previous blog as “Primary Signs and Symptoms” – often grow in … Read More

Trauma & EMDR- Part Six

If you’re questioning the possibility of a trauma, here we’ll list some primary signs or symptoms that may possibly indicate you have experienced a trauma. If you recognize these signs and symptoms in your life (or your loved one’s), we encourage you to pursue therapeutic assessment and help with a … Read More

Trauma & EMDR- Part Five

The fact that traumatic experiences are encoded and stored differently in the brain explains why we can sometimes know things intellectually (in our head, in our logical brain), but we feel something entirely different (in our sensory responses and in our emotional brain). We may know intellectually that a person … Read More

Trauma & EMDR- Part Four

In this series, we’ve talked about big “T” and small “t” traumas; and I suggested that we’ve all experienced a trauma that has impacted us, whether or not we’ve named it as such. Big “T” traumas: life-threatening events; combat, crimes like rape, kidnapping, and assault; and natural disasters like earthquakes, … Read More

Trauma & EMDR- Part Three

Francine Shapiro, the creator of EMDR (I’ll explain EMDR later in the series), defines trauma as “any event that has had a lasting negative effect… When you lose your peace of mind, or if you never had it, there can be serious physical and psychological consequences no matter what the … Read More

Trauma & EMDR- Part Two

In Part one of this series on trauma and EMDR, we acknowledged that it’s not uncommon for us to have a hard time recognizing traumatic events in our own lives. The reason we may need to look carefully and honestly at our past is because traumatic incidents often hijack our current … Read More

Trauma & EMDR- Part One

Most of us consider a “traumatic” event to be something we hear about in the news – or those terrible things that happen to other people. We reserve the use of the word “trauma” for the experiences of war veterans or survivors of natural catastrophes or terrorist attacks. But trauma … Read More

Psychological Abuse – Part 1

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When asked about the presence of “abuse” – many of us have our own mental images of what that means, and we’ll say things like, “My childhood was fine. My parents provided for all my needs and no one was abusive or anything.” It may be surprising to learn that … Read More