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Alex Sellors MSW,RSW EMDR Therapist Brantford, ON

EMDR Therapy: A way to work with negative core beliefs

EMDR is a form of psychotherapy developed from extensive research about how our brains process information and store memories. It was initially developed to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,  however has now been found to effectively treat a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, chronic pain, body dysmorphia, eating disorders, and performance. EMDR works by focusing on distressing memories that are unprocessed or “stuck” in the brain. It involves recalling a distressing

Trauma Blog April

So what exactly is trauma?

We have been hearing this term floating around so much more in recent years. It can seem overwhelming with the amount of social media posts discussing trauma, as well as news outlets literally showing us traumatic events occurring around the world (war, pandemic). Some of us don’t even want to acknowledge we have experienced trauma because that in itself is a lot to take in.  So, what exactly is trauma? Trauma is the response

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Finding Hope During the Pandemic

During the pandemic, initial days of isolation turned into weeks, then into months, and now nearly two years later, our lives have become entirely uprooted and far from the reality we once knew. Normal routines and tasks became increasingly stressful, with more demands placed on us, and the lockdowns proved it was not just our routines that became disrupted, but our relationships too. Facing uncertainty or an upheaval of our routines can wreak havoc on our minds

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Taking care of you, when things feel heavy

This has been a hard time for each of us as we collectively grieve. COVID-19 has created an undercurrent of anticipatory grief of what’s to come, while we all adjust to our new “normal”, continue to experience the up’s and down’s of being human, and attempt to hold on to hope that we can cobble together a normal we recognize after all of this. We have passed the first wave of crisis. For many of us, the

Day Seven – Team Meetings: The Weekly Check-In

When a family spends time together, they learn about each other. One simple way is to ask the “what as good about your day? What was not so good about your day?” questions, going around the table at dinner. This facilitates conversation and gives everyone a chance to share. Even though our worlds are much smaller, you will be surprised at how everyone has had ups and downs. As parents, use this to stay in tune with what your kids are

Day Three – Pressing the Re-Set Button on Your Family Life During Social Isolation

Day Three READ THIS IF YOU HAVE SCHOOL AGE KIDDOS AND/OR TEENS Talk, talk, and talk.  Have a chat about how the kids think parents can help them develop these values and the habits that go with them.  Start with brainstorming and then move to develop some concrete rules around conduct and behaviour in the home. Parents, be vulnerable.  Share how it is hard for you to maintain the self-discipline to “walk the walk” every day. Share your

The Best Advice Is No Advice

I am often asked by people what is the best therapy “advice” that I have ever given. It may appear that answering this question would be difficult because I see a wide variety of individuals who come to me with a wide variety of reasons for seeking therapy.  However, the question is not a difficult one for me to answer at all. The reason is because I generally don’t give advice! Let me explain.  Think about

Change Is Hard…But Not Impossible

All of us have attempted to change or modify our behaviours at one time or another.  That all means all of us have experienced the frustration when change does not come easily, or it does not come at all.  In the 1980’s, researchers Prochaska and DiClemente developed the Transtheoretical Model to explain how people embark on a path toward change.  This biopsychosocial model integrates information from previous research and provides a theory of change that can