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You’ve experienced something so terrible that it changed your view of things. Maybe it happened years earlier or last week. Doesn’t matter. People tell you that you need to get over what happened and move on. Well, if you could, you would have done so by now.  Right? You’ve tried everything: positive thinking, thought stopping, cognitive therapy, perhaps even drugs and alcohol. Yet, the fear, the anxiety, the depression, the emotional pain clings to you. You’re unable to shed the dread. You want to move past your past, but you just don’t know how.

You ask yourself, why am I feeling anxious all the time? Why can’t I sleep? Why can’t I feel close to family or friends or even my partner? Why is trust so hard? The core of the problem is found in your biology.  Your brain needs a little help in processing through and categorizing what happened to you. Your brain needs to make sense of something senseless. Moreover, this feeling has gone on for so long that you may have given up all hope of life ever being better again. Yet, you can.

I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with training and experience in using EMDR to help people who are living with the aftermath of trauma. Symptoms often include anxiety, depression, panic attacks, low self-esteem, substance abuse, which robs them of hope and a sense of connection with life. Among other options for treating these problems, I use EMDR because it is so effective and efficient in starting the healing process and road to recovery.

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