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EMDR What is it How does it work

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): What is It? How Does it Work?

 EMDR: What is it? How does it work? When I tell you about EMDR, it may sound a little “out there”. I actually thought so myself when I first heard about it. Because of that, I sought out an EMDR counselor for myself. So today, I’m speaking to you as someone who has had…
Is Trauma Affecting Your Relationship

How Trauma Affect Relationships

 One of my favorite areas to work in is trauma. The second is couples. I know most of us have probably heard the song by Rascal Flatts, “Bless the Broken Road”. It describes how other relationships have led to the one that they are in now. It is a sweet song and in so…
Overcome your fear of Starting Therapy

Overcome Your Fear of Starting Therapy

 A haunted hotel room & fear I’m currently on the eighth floor of a historic DC hotel. I’m actually standing outside of room 870. It’s rumored that this room in this hotel is haunted. Now I don’t know about you, if you believe in ghost stories or not, I’m not super into ghost stories,…

What Is Trauma?

 Bessel VanDerKolk, who is a world renowned trauma expert. He describes trauma as an event that causes you to organize your life as if the trauma is still going on. He goes on to say that trauma includes an inability to fight or escape, which then becomes someone’s conditioned response to threat. COVID-19 –…
How do I know if I have PTSD?

How do I know if I have PTSD?

4 Signs You Have PTSD and What To Do About It Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that is triggered by a terrifying event, a natural response to protect you from perceived danger. It’s your mind and your body trying to make sense of what it experienced. PTSD can impact not only emotional health,…
What Trauma Really Is and How to Treat It

What Trauma Really Is and How to Treat It

Most people who suffer from trauma do not talk about it; in fact, most people will try to block it out or ignore it. If only that worked…. The reality however, is that trauma affects your mind, your body, your relationships, and your everyday life. It has been linked to depression, anxiety, anger, panic attacks,…
Repairing Your Relationship After Betrayal

Why Can’t We Just Move On? Repairing Your Relationship After Betrayal

“Why do we have to talk about this again? I made a mistake. Let’s just move on.”  If you’ve thought or said these words, keep reading.  As a licensed counselor and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, I’ve heard this many times in sessions with my clients who have acted out in their relationship and gotten caught. …


The history of therapy is built around the idea of talking through our hurts and emotional baggage in the hopes that we will gain new insight, experience catharsis, or get help in reframing our problems so we feel better about them.  Lots of people are helped and feel supported through talk therapy but sometimes it…
anxiety disorder

Do I have normal anxiety or an anxiety disorder?

At any given time anxiety disorders affect more than 45 million Americans. In fact, most of us will experience anxiety at some point. Why? Because anxiety is a typical human emotion and a natural response to life’s stresses and challenges, For those with an anxiety disorder however, these feelings can lead to panic attacks, insomnia,…
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