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What to Expect After Your First EMDR Session

So you're about to start EMDR therapy. You might be feeling one or more of these things: nervousness, fear, excitement, curiosity, dread. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a powerful and effective treatment approach for individuals dealing with trauma, anxiety, and other mental health challenges. After completing an EMDR session, it's essential to understand what to expect in the hours, days, and weeks that follow. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the post-EMDR experience, focusing on the potential emotional responses and self-care strategies to support your healing journey. Initial Feelings of Relief Immediately following an EMDR session, many individuals report a sense of relief. They may feel lighter, as if a heavy burden has been lifted. This initial feeling of relief is a positive sign that the therapy is beginning to work, but it's only the beginning of the healing process. Increased Awareness EMDR therapy can bring up inten

How to Support Someone With Suicidal Thoughts

September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  Approximately 6 million Americans struggle with suicidal ideation (SAMHSA). In 2019, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death for people in the US (CDC). If you or someone you know struggles with suicidal ideation, you are not alone. Treatment can help. You can access life-saving crisis support 24/7 by contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988. Suicidal thoughts and behaviors are serious and require immediate attention and support. If someone you care about is struggling with suicidal thoughts, it can be an incredibly scary and emotionally challenging situation. However, just being present and showing compassion for their situation can make a significant difference in their life. Here are some quick tips about supporting someone with suicidal thoughts: 1. Recognize the Signs The first step in supporting someone who is suicidal is to recognize the signs. While these signs can vary from person to person, common