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Thank You

I want to express my deepest gratitude to my clients. It is a major act of courage to go to therapy. One that many people experience intense feelings of shame about. If there was one thing I'd want to tell someone on the fence about seeking help it would be how you...

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What Is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Created by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s, it is an evidence-based therapy that excels in healing trauma. But it can be used for much more including depression, anxiety, changing limiting beliefs,...

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The Challenge of PTSD

PTSD is a form of anxiety disorder that happens after a person experiences a traumatic event and often have little support immediately following it. It can be a single incident or multiple incidents that occurred even decades ago. When this happens our body is in a...

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Election Results and Where to Go From Here

We as a nation have just undergone a time of great stress for many people. Given how volatile this last election was, those who were strongly against Trump now face a time of uncertainty and anxiety. Minorities, people of alternative lifestyles, and those who fear for...

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Authentic Gratitude vs Shame

Gratitude is something we hear talked about as being something that is very important to living a better life. Setting aside some time every day to stop for a minute and pause to count our blessings. It is one thing I often recommend to my clients as a way to engage...

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The Light Socket of Awesome

What is “The Light Socket of Awesome?” It is when we find that one awesome thing we’ve yearned for but have grown so used to not getting that when it does show up it’s actually really hard to grab on to. It’s as if getting what we want is like grabbing an electrical...

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Discussion on Consciousness

I had the pleasure of listening to an amazing podcast with Joe Rogan, Russell Brand, and Jim Breuer the other day. If you’re a fan of deep philosophical discussions, consciousness, and a ton of humor give this a listen. Rogan, Breuer, and...

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What is Trauma and how do I know if I have it?

Trauma is not always something that is very noticeable. Extreme forms of it we hear about all the time. The soldier who was exposed to combat, the abusive partner, the sexual assault victim, those are the big ones. Those are trauma with a capital “T.” But we all...

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The Neuroscience of Trauma

Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk is a master in working with and healing trauma. How we react to trauma when it happens absolutely does manifest in your nervous system. This is an excerpt from an interview with him and his approach to healing. Sometimes people can remember...

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Bullying

A black eye or broken bone might heal, but the emotional wounds can remain for years. While we all may want a world where everyone gets along and shows respect, there will always be those who will prey on the weak. In recent years more attention has been given to the...

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