I’m contaminated

I’m contaminated

Most of us have a certain sense of safety and control over our bodies.  After a sexual assault, a victim feels dirty and contaminated.  A child or a sexual assault survivor feels a sense of power being taken away from the control of their own body.  The shame of...
I feel spaced out

I feel spaced out

Betty often felt spaced out when she was at home alone.  She was so used to going and working hours on end, that when she had downtime, she felt anxious.  What “should” she be doing?  She was exhausted, but she felt guilty for resting.  She would lie down...
The problems with isolation

The problems with isolation

Human babies need caregivers because they are born helpless.  This first bond between caregiver and baby develops our attachment system, which is linked to our nervous system. We learn as babies and then toddlers how to get our needs met through others.  As we grow...
What is EMDR, and how does it work?

What is EMDR, and how does it work?

EMDR EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  In 1987, Francine Shapiro went for a walk. She noticed that as she was thinking about an upsetting memory, her eyes darted back and forth.  After the spontaneous eye movements, the thoughts seemed to...
The many faces of PTSD

The many faces of PTSD

Johnathon Johnathon was a high functioning hedge fund manager.  He was successful and seemed to be doing well in his life except for in his relationships.  As a child, his father would hit him, and he could never predict when the violence would occur.  Whenever...