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I was asked to write a blog post on the most common questions asked about EMDR. Often times, people have not heard of this form of treatment, until someone they know has received it, or it was recommended to them by someone they know.The following questions are the one...

EMDR is a form of trauma treatment, that helps to process difficult memories, and desensitize feelings that go with those memories. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, it was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the eighties, and has become t...

 It's human nature to want to help those that are suffering and in pain, it's also normal to feel confused about how to help them.I have been asked many times, what is the best way to help my friend that has suffered with trauma? Very often people are afraid of saying...

A common statement that I most often hear from clients is " I don't have any trauma. Nothing catastrophic has ever happened to me". There may not have been any big incidents that you would identify as trauma but, there still may be disturbing  events that your body is...

A common question that I am often asked by my patients is "What is the difference between acute trauma and chronic trauma?"  Understanding the difference between the two allows you to have a better understanding of yourself, and what your needs are. Healing your trauma...

For patients and therapists alike, the subject of childhood sexual abuse can be overwhelming. It occurs at a point in life when we are the most vulnerable, and often involves those we know, love, and trust. This form of abuse does not discriminate; it can happen to any...

Let's face it -- Father's Day is not great for everyone. A strained or non-existent relationship with one's father can leave us with lots of mixed emotions on Father's Day. For some, Father's Day brings out feelings of resentment, guilt, anger, or even shame. For...

I've often seen clients surprised or perplexed that their partner had never told them about their past abuse.  For a variety of reasons, people feel that they should hide this particular fact about themselves; For some, it's out of a desire to forget their past. For ot...

At one point in our lives, each one of us will experience anxiety, in one form or another.  From nervousness about paying the monthly bills, to worries about driving during rush-hour traffic, this form of anxiety (called "situational anxiety") can often be anticipated,...

One of the most common questions that I am asked is, "Why didn't I run away?" Childhood abuse is not easy to talk about, due to intense feelings of shame, and guilt. You may often feel confused about the exact events, and are only able to recall parts of the abuse, whi...

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