How to Begin Healing After Personal Trauma

No one is ever prepared for a tragedy. In fact, most of us go through our lives believing that tragedies happen to other people.When people do experience a distressing or life-threatening event, such as a car accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack, they often develop extreme anxiety or PTSD. Many develop ongoing problems with their personal relationships and their own self-esteem.Everyone deals with trauma in...[ read more ]

Why EMDR is Effective in Treating Trauma

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a therapeutic protocol used in the treatment of mental and emotional trauma. It has been widely praised in the United States and is currently used by agencies such as the American Psychiatric Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.Those suffering from PTSD caused...[ read more ]

Afraid of Failure? Here’s Advice on Coping with Failure

Fear of failure causes us to put the brakes on our life. When we’re so afraid of failing at something, we either don’t try at all, or we subconsciously undermine or own efforts to avoid an even bigger failure. Without question, fear of failure is immobilizing and, when we allow it to dictate our choices and sit on the sidelines, we miss...[ read more ]

Are You Playing the Blame Game? Here’s Why You Need to Stop

Blame and game – two words that should never be joined together. The truth is, the blame game is no fun to play and there are never any winners. And, perhaps, the biggest loser of all is the one who is doing all the blaming. When we blame others, we lose our power. Remaining stuck in our feelings of anger,...[ read more ]

A Traditional Sports Psychology Approach to Addressing Performance Issues is Ineffective

Traditional sports psychology tends to rely on the premise that athletes need to adjust their thinking, incorporate relaxation techniques, and use other strategies to repair performance problems. However, the root of many repetitive performance problems comes from physical and emotional traumas held in the brain, also known as Sports Trauma Stress Disorder. So, for example, positive self-talk, a staple of...[ read more ]

Psychosomatic Disorders: How America’s health care system perpetuates the problem

THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION Psychosomatic  medicine specifically refers to physical disorders of the mind-body.  The disorders may appear to be purely physical, but they have the origin in unconscious emotions.  This can range all the way from back pain to cancer.  Despite the prevalence of these disorders, the practice of psychosomatic medicine is pretty much unknown within today’s medical community.  When...[ read more ]

The indelible impact of trauma on adolescents: Adults have a responsibility

The diagnosis of PTSD came about in the early 1980’s that only affected a minority of soldiers who had witnessed and been devastated by combat experiences.  Soon enough following, these same exact symptoms began to be described by those involved in natural disasters, rape survivors or those who had witnessed life-threatened accidents.  We know from the events of September 11th...[ read more ]

EMDR and Trauma: A Powerful Brain-Based Therapy with the Opportunity To Coach

EMDR is a wonderful and powerful brain-based therapy that I feel lucky to have at my disposal. Before starting with a new client, I search newspaper articles and videotapes of individuals talking about how difficult the process of EMDR was, but how rewarding it was in the end and how those individuals would never want to go back to how it was before EMDR.  This...[ read more ]

The Power of Exercise in Alleviating Symptoms of ADHD in Adolescents

I work mainly with adolescents. A fairly common problem or challenge that my clients have to manage is Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  The way this disorder manifests itself is that the adolescent has the inability to concentrate, as well as difficulty following directions, sticking to tasks and accomplishing household chores and schoolwork.  The exact causes of ADHD are unknown, though heredity,...[ read more ]

Two Key Elements of Sports Psychology: Developing a Performance Statement and Managing Emotions

Athletes often reflect upon their past and many see that part of their problem was that they focused more and more on results rather than on staying in the moment and executing one skill at a time, one routine at a time.  Performance statements, a specifically designed form of self-talk, help athletes stay in the moment and less focused on the outcome.  Did...[ read more ]

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