What is EMDR Therapy?

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (commonly referred to as EMDR), is an integrative and comprehensively researched psychotherapy approach that has proven highly effective in the treatment of trauma. EMDR combines a wide variety of established therapeutic methods, and follows a specific set of protocols that have, to date, helped millions of men and women […]

Mindfulness Meditation and ‘Wanting’

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When we first sober up (in inpatient treatment), we take a clinical look at the underlying causes and contributing factors. We learn about the disease model of addiction, about how our upbringing and early childhood experiences shaped the way we feel and function. We learn about unresolved trauma, and discover that failing to heal the […]

Gratitude – A Personal Practice

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grat-i-tude (noun) the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and return kindness. As addicts and alcoholics, the concept of gratitude likely eluded us entirely for the majority of our lives. We lived in a constant state of selfishness and self-pity, endlessly wondering why we had been dealt such a crappy hand; focused […]

3 Stages of Trauma Recovery

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Judith Lewis Herman, a psychiatrist, teacher, researcher, and prolific author, dedicated her life to closely studying the impact of trauma on traumatic stress on the human psyche. She is currently a professor of clinical psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School, and a founding member of the Women’s Mental Health Collective. She is well-known for the […]

Men and Sexual Trauma

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Experiences that young men undergo will echo the way they function in adult relationships – especially if experiences were sexually abusive or unsolicited. It is important to keep in mind that this statement extends far beyond sexual relationships, and into relationships with family members, friends, coworkers, and employers. Early sexual abuse typically results in long-term […]

Addiction and Mental Health

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A fair amount of individuals who are afflicted with substance abuse disorders simultaneously suffer from other mental health disorders – most commonly, anxiety and depression. Some individuals will eventually develop mental disorders as a result of their incessant chemical abuse, while others will turn to alcohol and drugs as a means of self-medicating untreated symptoms […]