For well over 2 decades, I’ve been a big fan of the clinical guided imagery developed by Belleruth Naparstek and distributed though her company Health Journeys. I was introduced to her guided imagery by my colleague and friend, Atlanta psychotherapist Cynthia Smith. Through my formative years as a young Clinical Social Worker, Cynthia was my reference point for good judgment, outstanding clinical direction and she was a deep and wise guide for my own introspection. I could always count on her good guidance and she was so right about Belleruth, whose soothing hypnotic voice is a prominent feature on her vast list of guided imageries. Belleruth blogged about 5 FREE mobile apps useful in managing the symptoms of PTSD, Anxiety & Stress. I’ve checked them out and offer you my thoughts about several of them. [Read more…]
I read recently an article by Dr. Francine Shapiro concerning combat veterans suffering from untreated PTSD, the impact this had on their children and the hope of undoing or preventing such damage in the future because of a psychotherapy called EMDR.
My dad was a combat veteran. During WWII he commanded a B-29 Superfortress on bombing missions over Japan. On one of those missions dad’s plane was shot down and they had to ditch (a controlled landing of a distressed aircraft on water) into the Sea of Japan. One of his men was killed on impact; the rest escaped as the plane sank.
In the distance, as Japanese destroyers were growing ever closer while executing a patterned search for the downed fliers, dad and his crew were silently spirited to safety, below the surface of the water, when they were rescued by the submarine USS Ronquil. Meanwhile, back on the base, back at Isley Field on the Island of Saipan, dad’s longtime regular crew, flying that one mission aboard another B-29 to help orient a new pilot, crashed on takeoff killing all aboard. [Read more…]
Dissociation is a term which refers to a complex physical / emotional and psychological process meant to help us cope when we are faced with an overwhelming experience and we don’t have the resources, support or ability to deal with it on our own. Chronic Dissociation can interfere with the ability to have a clear sense of one’s experiences, emotions, behaviors, sensations and thoughts and how all those are meant to fit together to make up a coherent life story. Dissociation is a common symptom associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is itself considered a emotional disorder (Dissociative Disorder). [Read more…]
EMDR Therapy, also know by its long name – Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing – was first formally taught as a therapeutic approach in the early 1990’s. Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., is credited with the discovery and (ongoing) articulation of EMDR Therapy and she continues to develop the theory behind this fascinating form of psychotherapy. [Read more…]
I’m Dave MacDonald with David J. MacDonald LCSW, PLLC. I’m a Clinical Social Worker licensed to practice psychotherapy. I’m specially trained to offer you leading-edge and research based alternative therapies like EMDR Therapy® for PTSD or HeartMath® Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback training for lower stress and more coherent decision making.
I have advanced training in the Internal Family Systems® and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® models of psychotherapy and offer the Alpha-Stim SCS® a non-drug treatment for anxiety, depression and insomnia. For the treatment for grief, I can provide the Induced After-Death Communication® or IADC, a somewhat unconventional very short-term treatment method based on EMDR Therapy®.
Many of the most promising therapies today are those which are informed by recent developments in Attachment Theory, Somatic (or body) oriented models of therapy and the growing field of Interpersonal Neurobiology; these newer therapies are frequently able to touch and heal certain types of emotional problems which conventional so called “talking” based styles of therapy have failed to resolve. These therapies recognize and seek to activate the natural healing tendencies existing in the body-mind of every person.
I believe that the body’s experience of feeling safe in the moment by moment unfolding of a therapeutic relationship is an essential aspect of healing; that therapy is a collaborative process between the patient and therapist and that therapy, at its core, is about learning to live more fully and creatively.