Crossroads Counselor Christina Westbrook uses a therapy called EMDR when she works with clients, which helps people heal from emotional distress due to disturbing life experiences. We often assume that particularly severe emotional pain must require a long time to heal. EMDR … [Read more...] about EMDR Offers Hope for Victims of Trauma
What is trauma? When most people think of trauma, they think of things like natural disasters, witnessing or experiencing violence, or the experiences of soldiers in combat, and they would certainly be right. However, trauma can also occur from less obvious experiences, such as … [Read more...] about 3 Signs of Unresolved Trauma: Is This You?
The couple met with me almost every week for several months. They leave my office optimistic – even excited – about what their marriage has become and what it will be like in the future. As they leave, the wife turns and says something that has become etched in my memory. “I … [Read more...] about Six “Red Flags” of a Drifting Marriage
Many people have preconceived notions about the treatment of depression. The media seems to reinforce the idea that psychiatry/psychology is a bunch of voodoo, whoo-whoo, touchy-feely nonsense. While there may be a few good resources and examples out there, the … [Read more...] about Am I Really Depressed And What Do I Do About It?
I think we all have experienced that feeling of helplessness when trying to comfort someone who has experienced a devastating loss. We always seem to try and find the “right words” to convey our sadness, and our desire to comfort and help the hurting individual. Unfortunately, … [Read more...] about “What Not to Say” to Someone Grieving a Loss
I’m sure, if asked, we parents would agree that we want our children to grow up with a healthy sense of self-confidence and self-worth. Evidence on the adverse effects of negative self-talk and negative self-image are well documented as predecessors to depression, anxiety, and … [Read more...] about Cultivating Your Child’s Inner Voice: Part 1