EMDR Therapy: A Pathway for Trauma-focused Care
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
By Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-CS, REAT
When I had two years sober, I wanted to stay sober.
I also wanted to die.
Sound like a total paradox?
My active addiction was about trying to destroy myself. Even though I learned the skills to stay sober and ultimately to better my life, that desire to destroy myself never totally went away. At two years sober, I noticed the suicidal thoughts intensify as I was working on my counseling internship and watching how young children were being mistreated in the residential mental health unit where I was placed. A trusted colleague of mine suggested more therapy. But even though I knew something had to be done, the thought of going back into counseling after getting sober and actively working a 12-Step program troubled me.
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