Counselor’s Corner on Lack of Visualization

Counselor’s Corner on Lack of Visualization

In the Counselor’s Corner column, EMDR therapists respond to a question addressing alternatives for safe/calm place for a client with aphantasia (lack of mental imagery). Contributors include Danielle Gaston, LMFT, Christine MacInnis Torrance, LMFT, Shanae M. Bezusko, LICSW, APHSW-C, MSW and Heather Baron, MEd, MSS, LCSW.

This question and responses originally appeared in the Central Forum online community. The answers have been edited and condensed for clarity and space. To view the entire discussion, members can visit www.emdria.org/emdria-community.

Learn more in this article from the Fall 2022 issue Staying Centered in an Uncentered World of Go With That Magazine™️.

 


This content is restricted for members only. Please or Join EMDRIA.

 

 

Read More

Staying Centered in an Uncentered World (Go With That Magazine™️ Issue)

Staying Centered in an Uncentered World

Go With That Magazine™️ Fall 2022

Uncertainty and unpredictability are not new to the human race. Maybe it’s social media. Maybe it was the COVID-19 pandemic. Maybe it’s the 24-hour news cycle, or likely a combination, but our overall mental health seems more battered than ever as a society. What defines “staying centered”? How can EMDR therapists take care of themselves? How can clinicians best care for clients and patients seeking EMDR therapy? Does positive psychology play any role in improving mental health? Learn more about animal-assisted therapy and how it can help. Read about a successful program that helps veterans with PTSD. Find out what perinatal patients need and how you can help inside this issue.

Articles

This issue includes the following articles:

 


This content is restricted for members only. Please or Join EMDRIA.

 

 

Read More

BIPOC Perspective on Staying Centered

BIPOC Perspective on Staying Centered

In the BIPOC Perspective column, EMDR therapists discuss racial trauma when responding to the question “Could you offer a specific example of how some aspect of a client’s culture/race was deeply meaningful as a resource and/or as a challenge in the use of EMDR in order to be centered in an uncentered world?” Contributors include Mercedes Samudio, LCSW, Yunetta Spring Smith LPC-MHSP, NCC, Alicia Beltran, LCPC, LPC, CST and Vianca Anderson, MS, LPC.

Learn more in this article from the Fall 2022 issue Staying Centered in an Uncentered World of Go With That Magazine™️.

 


This content is restricted for members only. Please or Join EMDRIA.

 

 

Read More

Is There Still Steam in that Pressure Cooker: What Needs to Happen Now?

Is There Still Steam in that Pressure Cooker: What Needs to Happen Now?

It has been 2.5 years since world changed when we heard the announcement that there was a federal state of emergency and everything was shutting down due to COVID-19. Except for 9-11, this is the only other time I can think of where we, as therapists, were going through our version of what our clients were going through at the same time. Many of us are also burned out. How can we let steam out of that pressure cooker?

Learn more in this article from the Fall 2022 issue Staying Centered in an Uncentered World of Go With That Magazine™️ by Deany Laliotis, LICSW, LCSW-C.

 


This content is restricted for members only. Please or Join EMDRIA.

 

 

Read More

Staying Centered in an Uncentered World: Lessons Learned from Perinatal Mental Health

Staying Centered in an Uncentered World: Lessons Learned from Perinatal Mental Health

The experience of perinatal trauma is not only a medical crisis but also a family crisis (Davis & Stein, 2004). Expectations for a timely conception, an uncomplicated pregnancy, and joyful birth are overturned when couples cannot easily conceive, a pregnancy is complicated, a baby is born early or ill, needs newborn intensive care, dies, or survives with medical fragility or disability. Here are some of the lessons learned from their experience that may help the larger community facing uncertainty and upheaval.

Learn more in this article from the Fall 2022 issue Staying Centered in an Uncentered World of Go With That Magazine™️ by Mara Tesler Stein, Psy.D., PMH-C.

 


This content is restricted for members only. Please or Join EMDRIA.

 

 

Read More

Eight Phases. Three Prongs. Four Legs.

Eight Phases. Three Prongs. Four Legs.

As a goal-directed and phased approach to trauma, EMDR therapy also easily lends itself to integrating animal-assisted interactions to become what the author has coined an Animal-Assisted EMDR (AA-EMDR) approach or, more specifically, Equine-Assisted EMDR (EA-EMDR) when partnering with horses. Learn how animal-assisted interactions can be woven into all eight phases of EMDR therapy and with fidelity to standard protocol in this article.

Learn more in this article from the Fall 2022 issue Staying Centered in an Uncentered World of Go With That Magazine™️ by Sarah Jenkins, MC, LPC, CPsychol.

 


This content is restricted for members only. Please or Join EMDRIA.

 

 

Read More

Perspective in a Disorienting World

Perspective in a Disorienting World

As EMDR therapists who identify as trauma experts and specialists, we are at even greater risk for burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma. Learn how to take time to renew in this article.

Learn more in this article from the Fall 2022 issue Staying Centered in an Uncentered World of Go With That Magazine™️ by Rebecca Kase, LCSW.


An open access version of this article is available at EMDRIA’s Focal Point blog published December 16, 2022. 

 


This content is restricted for members only. Please or Join EMDRIA.

 

 

Read More

Building a national EMDR Treatment Program to Treat Veteran PTSD

Building a national EMDR Treatment Program to Treat Veteran PTSD

Much of what we know about PTSD originated during wartime. Veteran PTSD is now treated primarily in the Veterans Affairs (VA) Mental Health Services and other veteran service organizations (VSOs). Two of this article’s authors founded The Headstrong Project, a clinical treatment program using EMDR to treat veteran PTSD, including military sexual trauma, in post 9/11 veterans.

Learn more in this article from the Fall 2022 issue Staying Centered in an Uncentered World of Go With That Magazine™️ by Carol J. Weiss, M.D., Gerard Ilaria, LCSW, Jillian Tucker, DSW, LCSW and Ann Breeder, M.D.

 


This content is restricted for members only. Please or Join EMDRIA.

 

 

Read More

Using Your Values and Sense of Engagement and Accomplishment to Keep You Centered and Balanced in an Uncertain World

Using Your Values and Sense of Engagement and Accomplishment to Keep You Centered and Balanced in an Uncertain World

The powerful combination of EMDR therapy and Positive Psychology, each an evidence-based treatment, may be the treatment of choice for our turbulent time. EMDR therapy resolves past and present trauma memories that interfere with adaptive functioning. Positive Psychology interventions provide the opportunity and experience of healthy functioning. When used in therapy, they work together synergistically to build a solid psychological foundation from which to face life’s adversities.

Learn more in this article from the Fall 2022 issue Staying Centered in an Uncentered World of Go With That Magazine™️ by Candida Condor, Psy.D.

 


This content is restricted for members only. Please or Join EMDRIA.

 

 

Read More