How Trauma May Affect You

Do you feel like your life is too often clouded by a layer of anxiety and discomfort? Maybe you generally feel fine, but occasionally have intense emotional surges that cause significant problems in your life? Or, maybe your family upbringing was severely impacted by an insensitive or cruel caregiver, and you never learned to feel comfortable and secure in your life.

Unfortunately for many of us, one minor or major traumatic experience can severely alter our life with changes in mood, energy, and self-esteem. And for those of us who had a difficult family upbringing, we may experience pervasive feelings of instability and anxiety in our adult relationships. Traumatic experiences tend to lead to anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse, low self-esteem, insomnia, and/or sexual dysfunction. For some people, traumatic experiences lead to feeling “too much, too often.” Whereas for others, feeling chronically “numb” of emotions becomes the new norm. No matter how you cut it, the fact is that trauma can have major effects on your life. And when left untreated, can become detrimental to your work, relationships, and overall wellbeing.

How EMDR Therapy Will Help

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Through the use of EMDR, you can resolve or reduce the emotional, psychological, and physical health symptoms associated with trauma. EMDR therapy has undergone extensive research, and has been shown to be an effective treatment for trauma and adverse life experiences ( EMDR is particularly effective for resolving reoccurring memories of traumatic experiences – whether in the form of physical, sexual, or emotional trauma. EMDR can also be useful for people who work or perform in front of others, and want to reduce the fear and anxiety associated with such work.

It is common to have fears about starting EMDR therapy. More than most forms of therapy, EMDR has a reputation for being “intense.” For some clients, therapy will proceed quickly. But for others who prefer a more gradual and soft form of EMDR therapy, such an option is also common and perhaps even more effective. EMDR therapy operates with the basic premise that you the client gets full authority over how therapy proceeds.

EMDR therapy will start off with teaching you new ways to calm emotions and stressors, and to live day-to-day life with increased ease and comfort. EMDR, like most therapies, is filled with empathy, warmth, and gentle therapeutic care. However, unlike many other forms of therapy, EMDR uses a powerful method for reprocessing old memories and associated emotions.

From the unnamed vastness beneath the
mind, I breathe my way to wholeness and healing.
Inhalation. Exhalation.
Each Breath a “yes,”
and a letting go, a journey, and a coming home.
— Dana Faulds

Specialties for Individuals

  • Mindfulness Therapy, including Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Therapy

  • EMDR Therapy for trauma

  • Social anxiety

  • Depression

  • Frustration with dating

  • Recent breakups or divorces

  • Grief and loss

  • Gender and sexual identity concerns

  • Abandonment and trust issues

  • Alcohol and drug abuse

  • Lack of communication skills

  • Loneliness

  • Anxiety attacks

  • Anger

  • Low self-esteem

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A Brief Explanation of EMDR Therapy

Conventional talk therapy focuses mostly on the rational part of the brain (neocortex). With EMDR, a present-focused awareness stimulated by an external hand movement is used to access the nonverbal, nonconscious parts of the brain where memories are stored. By accessing stuck material in these areas of the brain, therapy can alleviate painful memories and their associated symptoms such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, low self-esteem, insomnia, and sexual dysfunction. As you work through painful memories and emotions, you will gain the personal mastery and emotional freedom needed to revive your life.

You can read extensively on EMDR through the official EMDRIA webpage:

Free Phone Consultation

I know how important it is for you to choose a therapist that you feel comfortable talking with, so I invite you to book a free, 20-minute phone consultation: here. Or, contact me directly to schedule a time, or to ask questions: (510) 761-9818, or You can ask any questions you might have about EMDR therapy and my practice in Berkeley, CA (one block North of Oakland)Day and evening hours are available.