What Is EMDR?

What is EMDR? Well, the acronym is short for what is quite a mouthful; it stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. That’s why we use the acronym. It is an accelerated and adaptive model of therapy that can sometimes resolve very severe problems in a...

Book Notes, Vol. 6

My goal here is to help you, the reader, to view psychology as the rich and powerful process that it is.  Perhaps you will see it for the sacred work that I am privileged to do rather than a sitcom version of a therapist as a buffoon.  When a client says, “No one...

Unburdening Souls: Science and Mystery

My book is not about Thomas Merton. I discuss him here because the book is about combining and looking at the work of psychology through a spiritual and even mystical lens. I am moving into territory that I should not enter much like Merton. I can’t help myself, I...

Book Notes, Vol. 5

I’m not sure when the view of my work began to change; it was a slow process.  I stopped seeing my patients as clinical entities. St. Gregory stated, “A soul in trouble is near unto God.” I started to see my patients as souls in trouble and to sense that they were...

Book Notes, Vol. 4

He was always one with a story.  He had spent most of his career treating Vietnam Veterans with PTSD and doing research with this group.  He said, with his soft voice and subtle southern accent, “Did I ever tell you ‘bout the time I was pick’in up leaves out by the...

Book Notes, Vol. 3

I helped Sam heal and become whole. He began to trust enough to date women again. He had lived alone for years. Now his life was no longer riddled with fear and doubt, but instead he was feeling more confident and relaxed. I’m not sure who benefited more from our work...

Book Notes, Vol. 2

Sam was the first patient I treated who expressed extremely violent emotional discharges during EMDR sessions.  In the initial sessions, I acted as if I was accustomed to this process.  In reality, I was terrified, saying to myself, “Holy shit! What am I supposed to...


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