PTSD PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is well known as a common issue among people returning from war zones, or who have been exposed to significant trauma during natural disasters. COVID-19 It is now becoming clear that after a year of fighting the Covid-19 virus, physicians, nurses, first responders and other medical staff around the…

COVID-19 and Burnout For Health Care Professionals

    Vicarious Trauma, PTSD, Burnout   Some of the important outcomes of dealing with COVID-19  for healthcare professionals have been vicarious trauma, burnout and PTSD. There are plenty of effective strategies to cope with the stress and stay resilient if you are a healthcare professional.  On the  Anxiety Canada Website, you can find tools…

Why Do I Dissociate?

Dissociation is a phenomenon that happens to a person when their nervous system is activated by a trigger in the present environment, that reminds a person of a traumatic incident from their past. Dissociation is part of the continuum of the freeze or immobilized state that a person may experience as part of an adaptive…

EMDR Movie

A film on the breakthrough therapy changing millions of lives: EMDR – A Documentary film by Michael Burns For more on the film, please visit here. “EMDR is about memory. It’s about softening and processing memories. These intrusive recollections, these images, physical sensations, sounds, continue to help people disappear, and people ended up… it’s a…

A Powerful EMDR Session And How This Blog Came To Be

While working through a difficult experience, I decided to arrange for an EMDR session. In this session, I floated back to an earlier time where the negative belief was, “I am worthless”. While doing eye movements with this particular memory, I had a burst of emotion flood out of me. Once the emotion (tears, distress,…

Healing From Trauma Is Not An Intellectual Exercise

“The longest journey is from the head to the heart.” It is not uncommon for people who have suffered complex trauma to be extremely intelligent. It makes sense that if the amygdala is overactive, and because of this, we find that emotions are not necessarily our friend, it only seems natural that we make up…

Dr. A.J. Popky’s Addiction EMDR Protocol

In my ten plus years working in addiction, I can honestly say these are the best treatment protocols I have had the pleasure of using with clients. It is not a cure-all and may not be appropriate for everybody, but usually, if it’s not right, it just means that other work will need to be…

Ladies EMDR B.I.T.C.H

The journey of an EMDR session Memories~ In my mind~ In a feeling~ In my body~ A sensation~ The worst is over~ It’s gone~ Moving past~ Like sitting on a Train~ With memories passing by~ It’s a bit windy in here~ The trees are really blowing~ There is even lightning~ It’s starting to rain~ It’s…

EMDR: Wonder Woman and Revenge

It’s pretty amazing. There is something that happens in the brain (amygdala shut down long enough) to permit emotion to come up and out. It’s only scary if you have not had experience with crying or intense emotion. It’s not uncommon either to go numb, shut off or completely avoid emotion after years of complicated…