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The Benefits of EMDR with People Having History of Trauma

What is EMDR? EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing.  Eye movement or other forms of bilateral stimulation seem to activate problem-solving processes, something that happens during REM sleep when the eyes are darting back and forth.  EMDR clinicians focus on a key specific problem and identify negative and positive emotions, sensations, and beliefs.  Then …

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Mental Health Awareness Month

While in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember that this May is Mental Health Awareness month.  Over 43 million Americans live with some sort of serious mental illness. Unfortunately, only 41% of those struggling receive treatment for mental illness.  The challenges of mental health take many different forms. The first …

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Understanding and Practicing Self-Care

What is self-care?  Self-care involves taking care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Self-care helps us feel better, e.g. feeling less stressed, anxious, depressed, and makes us more resilient. The first step for self-care is identifying and understanding our needs in various areas in life that require more attention. Then we deliberately take corresponding …

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The Benefits of Teletherapy During COVID-19

Telehealth (online counseling) has been around for years and has been increasing in popularity.  We have all been greatly impacted by COVID-19 and with orders to shelter in place, Teletherapy provides a good option for many people to follow the order and continue with their treatment.  Historically, telehealth has been used when geographic, physical, or …

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Understanding Eating Disorders

Eating disorders may be more prevalent than you realize. The latest statistics indicate that more than 30 million people in the U.S. will suffer from an eating disorder; 10 million of those individuals are men. Eating disorders involve severe disturbances in eating behavior.  The two main types of eating disorders are anorexia and bulimia.  Both of these …

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