Why Your Choice of a Mentor Matters The Key to Transformation Is in You EMDR as a Relational Therapy The EMDR Therapist’s Role in the Healing Journey
During your career arc, you are always in the process of becoming more of who you can be as a healer, always looking for ways to soften toward yourself and sharpen your clarity of others. You are inundated with training opportunities and certification courses in everything from trauma and attachment to the latest findings on neurobiology and evidence-based treatments. So, how…
Manuals are just that—manuals. They’re filled with rules, steps and protocols to follow and they are perfect for people who like to be told what to do. Anyone who’s trained with me has seen me pick up the EMDR manual and say—Here are the rules. Now I want to talk to you about how to show up around them. So what do I mean by “showing up?” I mean active attunement…
One of the cornerstones of EMDR is the importance of staying out of the way and “letting whatever happens, happen.” That makes sense when you consider that EMDR was originally developed as a desensitization technique. You brought a past experience to mind that is disturbing, because it is still disturbing long after that time has passed and you kept focusing on it until it was no longer disturbing.
How is EMDR therapy different from any other type of psychotherapy? It is unique in giving the brain the opportunity to access an experience as it was encoded at the time, bringing it into conscious awareness. We call that dual awareness—knowing that the memories are in the past while being aware that you’re in the present. That dual awareness allows for something else to happen—something that could not happen back then. The brain can reprocess the experience. And it’s happening in real time, not trauma time.
Why Your Choice of a Mentor Matters
The Key to Transformation Is in You
EMDR as a Relational Therapy
The EMDR Therapist’s Role in the Healing Journey
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