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What Are EMDR Ego States and Their Functions?

In short, ego states form from experiences of heightened emotional states. These experiences can be both positive of negative in perception or reality. When people think or talk of ego states, we are not talking about Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) where there are structural changes to a person’s identity. However, what we are referring to […]

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Mental Health Therapies

All mental health therapy modalities are not equal. Finding the best therapy modality and best therapist to delivery these interventions is paramount. Some people can find benefit from traditional ‘talk therapy’ formats. Other people, depending on many variables, may benefit from other forms of therapy such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing,

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Trauma in The Military

There are six different branches of the military, each with their own specific skill set and role. For additional reading on the breakdown of roles and the structure or personnel click here. These branches are independent of one another yet can work very closely when risks to our nation arise. Despite the different branches of

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Why do people self-harm?

This is a great question, and self-harm is one of the mostly highly stigmatized aspects of mental illness. Per the American Psychological Association, about 5% adults self-harm with rates spiking in early adulthood. That’s about 16.5 million adults in the U.S. today. This still does not answer the question of as why do people self-harm?

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Impacts of Depression on Life

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), in 2020, 8.4% of adults in the United States experienced a depressive episode. Click here to read more information from NAMI on Depression. How Does Depression Affect My Life? Depression can present differently for every person. Some may experience a number of the common depression symptoms.

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What Are The Effects of Anxiety?

Anxiety does not discriminate and can be caused by various situations, people, or thoughts. Per the National Institute of Mental Health and research they cite, click here to read the article, anxiety rates in the United States are around 19.1% for those 18 years or older. Anxiety can impact many different domains of a person’s

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How Does Current Stress Reactivate Past Trauma?

The world is filled with stressors from the war in Ukraine to severe weather, and wildfires. Not to mention interest rates and the economy. All of these single or combined stressors can influence our mood and destabilize our nervous system. Not only does current events cause us current stress, these situations can also activate past

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Domestic Violence and Trauma

Domestic violence can occur at any point throughout a relationship. Domestic Violence can occur male to female, female to male, or partner to partner depending on the relationship. The Women Against Abuse website lists various forms of domestic violence that exist in our world. What is The Domestic Abuse Cycle? Psych Central details that there

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Social Media, Vicarious Trauma, and Mental Health

Social media and its involvement in our lives has exponentially increased since the early 2000s. From Instagram and Facebook to Tik-Tok and Snapchat. Our ability to consume live and worldwide content (both positive and/or negative) is at our fingertips. How Does A Person Experience Vicarious Trauma From Social Media? As long as we have an

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Maui, Hawaii, War in Ukraine, Trauma, and EMDR Therapy

What does the recent fire in Maui, Hawaii, and the war in Ukraine, have in common? Both of these situations carry various degrees of trauma. What is Trauma? Trauma is self-defined from person-to-person and can include either little ‘t’ or big ‘T’ traumas or both – which these situations all contain. How Does Trauma Occur?

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