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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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Understanding Social Anxiety

What is Social Anxiety Disorder? Social Anxiety Disorder (also known as Social Phobia) is an Anxiety Disorder described as an overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in normal social situations. Social anxiety disorder affects approximately 15 million American adults and is the second most commonly diagnosed anxiety disorder following specific phobia. The average age of onset …

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Trouble Controlling Uncomfortable Thoughts or Emotions?

As human beings, we all get to experience emotional discomfort such as anxiety, anger, depression, helplessness or guilt. Emotional discomfort is something that is to a large degree outside of our control as human beings.  Life will bring all of us painful feelings and thoughts from time to time.  And, when it does, we often …

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Coping With Grief

Coping with loss is inevitable at some point in our lives. Grief can be confusing, overwhelming, and exhausting with no time line or exact formula to tell you what to do. It is challenging because of the different variables involved in the grief event. Grief is not limited to the death of a loved one …

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Mindfulness and Music

Of all the things that can draw our attention, we pay relatively little attention to the now. Rather, our attention is directed towards the past or the future. As we are taking a shower in the morning, we rarely pay attention to showering itself and the sensations that it entails. Instead, we are focusing on …

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Understanding ADHD and Some Tips to Help

What is ADHD? Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder that affects about three to five percent of American children and adults. ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood, and the condition can continue into the adult years. Many individuals with ADHD are undiagnosed until adulthood. The common characteristics of ADHD are impulsivity, inattention, and/or …

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Men and Depression

In men, depression can be a serious yet treatable condition. According to statistics, around six million men suffer from depression each year. Included in these sobering statistics is the fact that men suffering from depression are four times more likely to commit suicide than women. This is what makes it so important for any man …

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Improving Your Mood with Music

Do you have a favorite song that as soon as you hear it you can’t help but smile, no matter what kind of day you’re having? Aside from having a great melody, the lyrics of a song can help one feel understood and supported through life’s various experiences. Research shows that music can have a …

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The Practice of Mindful Acceptance

When we experience emotional pain, such as a “broken heart” after the death of a loved one or loss of a relationship, it is natural and even necessary to feel such pain in order to heal and go on with our lives. It is part of the mourning process. At Collaborative Counseling and Psychiatry, I …

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