Why EMDR is Effective in Treating Trauma

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a therapeutic protocol used in the treatment of mental and emotional trauma. It has been widely praised in the United States and is currently used by agencies such as the American Psychiatric Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Those suffering from PTSD caused by major traumas such as sexual or physical assault, combat experiences, accidents or the sudden death of a loved can benefit from EMDR therapy. Sessions work to alleviate PTSD symptoms like flashbacks and nightmares, angry outbursts, difficulties sleeping and… Continue Reading This Article

What is EMDR?

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, or EMDR, is a set of standardized protocols that incorporate elements from many different treatment approaches. It has been researched extensively and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. What Issues Can EMDR Treat? EMDR is used to treat a variety of mental health issues including: – Panic attacks – Complicated grief – Dissociative disorders – Disturbing memories – Phobias – Pain disorders – Performance anxiety – Stress reduction – Addictions – Sexual and/or Physical abuse – Body dysmorphic disorders – Personality Disorders How Exactly Does EMDR Work? It appears that EMDR has a… Continue Reading This Article

Padres Solteros

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¿Lo que ha sucedido? La crianza de un solo hijo puede ser muy desafiante y puede venir de cualquier dirección, como la pérdida de un cónyuge hasta la muerte, la pérdida de un cónyuge para el divorcio, la decisión de adoptar o tener un hijo biológico sin pareja. Todas estas dinámicas impactan cómo nos criamos. La dificultad a menudo está relacionada con la forma en que experimentamos nuestra propia infancia, como la forma en que nos criaron. Si tenemos buenos recuerdos y estamos bien adaptados, podemos aprovechar nuestra reserva interna de recursos para ayudarnos con nuestros hijos. Si tenemos las… Continue Reading This Article

Single Parenting

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What has happened? Single parenting can be very challenging and can come from any direction such as the loss of a spouse to death, loss of a spouse to divorce, deciding to adopt or having a biological child without a partner. All these dynamics impact how we parent. The difficulty is often related to how we experienced our own childhood, like how we were raised. If we have good memories and are well adjusted, we can tap into our internal reservoir of resources to assist us with our child/children.  If we have the finances to go places, like vacations, purchase… Continue Reading This Article

Dejar ir el pasado

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El “PASADO” cae en cada día que pasa. Dejar ir significa hacer elecciones diferentes de las que se lamentan, ya sean buenas o desagradables. Dejar ir principalmente significa aceptar el resultado, a veces decidir qué harías de manera diferente y luego elegir eliminar esos pensamientos. Puede que no desaparezcan, pero puedes hacerlos menos accesibles. El punto es no seguir reviviéndolo sin cambiar el resultado preferido y liberarlo. El lanzamiento viene de la aceptación de que puedes escribir el presente a tu gusto. Cuando la mente acepta lo que no puede cambiar, se produce un nuevo comienzo. Le permite diseñar su… Continue Reading This Article

Letting Go of the Past

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The “PAST” falls into every day that goes by. Letting go means making different choices from the ones regretted whether good or unpleasant. Letting go mostly means accepting the outcome, sometimes deciding what you would do differently, and then choosing to file those thoughts away. They may not disappear, but you can make them less accessible. The point is to not keep reliving it without changing the preferred outcome and releasing it. The release comes from the acceptance that you can write the present to your liking. When the mind accepts what it cannot change, a new beginning takes place…. Continue Reading This Article

Alzheimer’s and Havoc on the Family/ Alzheimer y Estragos en la Familia

Being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s can be devastating. It’s a gradual erasure of memories for the patient and a constant reminder of a life of memories lost for the caregiver. Coping with Alzheimer’s is much easier if you know how to navigate the stormy seas of this disease. Talking to someone who’s been there and adjusting along the way has been short of miraculous for me and our family. It started for me by reading the 36 Hour Day. It was eye opening experience and insightfully rich with stories of what I was going through. I was looking… Continue Reading This Article

Five Ways Color Influences You

  For centuries and across cultures, colors have been used to convey certain messages; such as nobility, danger, and prosperity. Colors can create such a significant impact that there is even a type of science dedicated to them. Color psychology is the study of colors and how they impact the mood and behavior of individuals. Color psychology explores how our brain perceives what it visualizes, specifically pertaining to color.     Here are five ways color may be influencing you: 1. Cool vs. Warm Colors Colors can stimulate certain responses within you. There are two types of classification for colors:… Continue Reading This Article

Five Ways Your Physical Health Affects Your Mental Health

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Mental health is more than just the absence of a mental illness. Mental health is defined as a person’s cognitive, behavioral, and emotional well-being. The World Health Organization defines mental health as “…a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” A person’s physical health can be a contributing factor in his or her mental health. Here are five ways physical health can affect your mental health: 1. Increased Memory… Continue Reading This Article

Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder

You’ve probably heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder, right? A condition typically afflicting those in colder climates due to the typically dark and gloomy weather making them feel depressed. Well, there is a Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder that can affect those in warmer climates, such as here in Florida. Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder refers to the sudden sadness that can develop in warm temperatures. The longer days and increasing heat of summer may play a role in reverse seasonal affective disorder. Here are some of the possible causes of reverse seasonal affective disorder: 1. The High Temperatures Reverse SAD may occur… Continue Reading This Article