EMDR4Ukrainebc

Ulyana (Translator Extraordinaire) Crystal Arber This past weekend we accomplished a successful EMDR group workshop. Using a popular evidenced-based group protocol 17 women processed the worst and most disturbing parts of the invasion of Ukraine. Our team is grateful to the society of Ivan Franko who hosted our event and helped make the workshop a…

Sex & Abuse of Power

Sex & Abuse of  Power 2022 – June 29th – is an incredibly historic day for women and in particular for black women. A famous artist with lots of power is brought down for human trafficking, sex abuse, and child pornography.  R.Kelly  Justice is served.  I have never witnessed anything like this in my lifetime….

Are you a Physician Dealing With Compassion Fatigue? What if it’s Ongoing Traumatic Stress That Can Be Treated?

Pre COVID we read a lot about compassion fatigue and burnout. These terms are commonly used by health care providers and educators. Understandably healthcare educators want to help the helper by teaching good self-care strategies to physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals. While self-care methods are very important; I want to stress that these methods…

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, and sounds, continue to help people disappear, and people ended up… it’s…

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…