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EMDR and Somatic Experiencing are two powerful therapeutic approaches that can help individuals overcome emotional and psychological distress. As a psychotherapist in Denver at Inner Sight Colorado, psychotherapist Steve Krautkramer specializes in utilizing these techniques to empower clients and facilitate their healing process.
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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 can feel after showing up and doing this work faithfully. I’ve often heard from clients I’ve concluded working with is that they wish they did this earlier. For those clients who have gone a step further and wrote a review or referred another person, not only am I extremely grateful, but you may have given another person...more
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, treating phobias, clearing obsessive thoughts, panic attacks, and even enhancing athletic performance.
So how does it work? Our brain has many parts to it, many people are familiar with the left and right brain parts. The left governs things such as logic, problem solving, math, and organizing thoughts. The right side works...more
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 state of shock that never really goes away until it is healed thoroughly. Nightmares, anxiety, and anger are common. Sleep becomes difficult as a person can feel like they can just not get enough sleep no matter how many hours they get, or they are unable to get hardly any hours when they try. Flashbacks happen where the person...more
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 them may feel as through potential doom awaits in the near future. For many it is not just their own personal safety that is threatened, but for their loved ones. Our country has become very polarized with people on the far left and far right politically are more divided than ever.
During times like these, it may be...more
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 in some self-care. However, for many people, especially those suffering from depression/anxiety, it can become fairly difficult to access and shame gets in the way. When this happens, I often hear a lot of shame getting in the way. “I know I should be grateful, but …” Shame can be one of the most toxic emotions a person feels...more
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 wire. It’s the fear of success manifesting in a way that makes it really hard to accept getting what we want and push away despite our own best interests.
The first time I heard the topic of a person having a fear of success, I thought it was ridiculous. Surely getting what we want in life shouldn’t bring up a lot of...more
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 experience little “t” traumas as a fact of life. The problem becomes when a person is continually exposed to it and the events haunt the person well after the event. Trauma is a natural reaction to experiencing an event that shocks our system enough and alters our life path in a direction that may not serve us well.
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 what seem like the smallest, most insignificant details of their lives – their 8th grade locker combination, a story they heard at a party years ago, or all the lines from their favorite movie.
These memories – full of facts, words, and events – are explicit memories.
But there are different kinds of memories –...more
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 effects of being bullied. Oftentimes people who are victimized in this way can face a wide-range of problems even years after the incidents. Research has shown that chronic low self-esteem, health problems, poor job performance, and an inability to stick up for one’s self are but a few problems bullied children face as...more