trauma

Essential EMDR Therapy

In the past few months we’ve been talking about EMDR Therapy and highlighting the three words in EMDR Professional Training's tagline:  Engaging. Effective. Essential. We've talked about the first two. Now it's time for the third. So why use the term Essential? The answer is two-fold. EMDR Therapy is Essential. First, we use the term essential because of what we believe about EMDR Therapy.  Oddly, we’ve heard that word quite a lot lately, from essential businesses to essential services and workers.  We’ve been inundated with messages telling us what we have to do just to survive. But some have been just surviving for quite a while.  They’ve been barely living in the wake of the severe traumas of their past.  At EMDR Professional Training™ we’d like to see the end of just surviving.  We believe EMDR Therapy is the answer to unlocking the keys to heal past trauma.  And [...]

Addiction and Trauma: A Close Relationship

EMDR Professional Training™ presents Susan Brown's online course “Part of me wants to quit, and part of me doesn't": An Integrative Developmental Approach to Addiction. Addiction and Trauma:  A Close Relationship Susan Brown discovered early in her career that if she was going to help clients make real changes in their lives, she had to address addiction. “If you’re dealing with addiction, you’re going to find trauma somewhere underneath,” says Susan of the landscape of trauma and its close relationship with addictive behaviors. “You will often find that a client's struggle with addiction is their best attempt to deal with a problem, and they’re not going to give up that solution, until they discover a better one,” says Brown.  “When EMDR therapy came along, it was like magic because we finally had something to treat underlying trauma." A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified Diplomate in private practice for more [...]

Working with Addictions and EMDR Therapy Course Now Available

Introduction to Working with Addictions with EMDR is now available online! The Connection between Trauma and Addiction Clinicians who treat trauma within their practices or settings should expect to see addiction show up, whether they are trained and ready for it or not.  The connection between trauma and addiction is virtually inseparable.  However, many clinicians express fears about treating this population.  Many therapists express feelings of helplessness when faced with the complexities of addiction.  Unfortunately, behaviors associated with addiction tend to be unpredictable, and clients encounter dangers (both internally and externally) when caught in a cycle of addiction, recovery, and relapse. Insights from the Experts That's why we chose to offer this informative interview with Susan Brown, LCSW, BCD, and Curt Rouanzoin, Ph.D. Dr. Curt Rouanzoin shares important considerations regarding the treatment of addiction. In this 90-minute interview format, Susan Brown and Curt Rouanzoin introduce and discuss important principles [...]