During an EMDR session: Treatment can evoke strong emotions or sensations while you are working with your therapist. This is perfectly normal since the technique works on the negative feelings from the past distressing event(s). However, the re-experiencing of these unpleasant feelings is brief and they often diminish by the end of the session and/or when the multi- session process is completed. It is not uncommon to experience relief rapidly, and for many, permanently.
Between and after an EMDR session: For many, after an EMDR session, there may be a strong sense of relief, feeling open or even a sense of euphoria from the absence of or shift of perspective regarding the distressing memory.
From time to time, after sessions, some clients experience unusual thoughts or vivid dreams that may or may not have any meaning. For some, new memories (positive or upsetting) may occur. This is to be expected as the brain continues to integrate the healing and connecting of more adaptive neural pathways. The therapist will ask you to keep a journal of any new insights or memories between sessions. These can be used for further EMDR target sessions or perhaps just to celebrate your progress.
EMDR cannot erase your memories. What does happen is that memories take their rightful place in the past and the present day upsetting symptoms are greatly diminished or altogether stopped. The way the negative memory was stored shifts and is reconnected to all of your coping skills and adaptive capacities. So the memory may seem “smaller” or be experienced as more neutral or just one of many. EMDR often allows for the memory of more positive events to come forth into experience. *Due to this positive shift in memories and perspective it is important to let your legal counsel know if you are involved with (or plan to be) a court case involving your traumatic event.
Each individual session lasts from 60 to 90 minutes depending on the client’s needs and schedule. EMDR therapy has an 8 phase process. The first one or two sessions will include history taking and getting a full picture of the nature of the problem the client wants to work on. There may also be 1 to 3 sessions of skill building to ensure each client has the ability to tolerate the emotions that come up during the sessions and to cope with any distress that comes up between sessions. The total number of sessions it takes each person will vary based on life experience, number of traumatic events, support system etc. Regardless, EMDR takes much less time than conventional talk therapies and research has shown that many distressing symptoms can be greatly reduced in 4 to 7 sessions.
According to the EMDR Institute, Inc. regarding length of treatment:
“…Two studies (Lee, Gavriel, Drummond, Richards, & Greenwald, 2002; Rothbaum, 1997) have indicated an elimination of diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in83-90% of civilian participants after four to seven sessions. Other studies using participants with PTSD (e.g. Ironson, Freund, Strauss, & Williams, 2002; Scheck, Schaeffer, & Gillette, 1998; S. A. Wilson, Becker, & Tinker, 1995) have found significant decreases in a wide range of symptoms after three-four sessions. The only study (Carlson, Chemtob, Rusnak, Hedlund, & Muraoka, 1998) of combat veterans to address the multiple traumas of this population reported that 12 sessions of treatment resulted in a 77% elimination of PTSD. Clients with multiple traumas and/or complex histories of childhood abuse, neglect, and poor attachment may require more extensive therapy, including substantial preparatory work in phase two of EMDR (Korn & Leeds, 2002; Maxfield & Hyer, 2002; Shapiro, 2001).” For further detail about this look here: http://www.emdr.com/frequent-questions/
Sugar or (insert your favorite food such as bread, meat etc).
In a nutshell, no one will “have to” do or give up anything. You are here by your own choice and commitment to your health and well-being and to create your healthiest, happiest life. You get to decide how much and what you are willing to do to achieve that. I’m here to provide you the scientific facts about which foods do and don’t support that goal as well helpful ways for you to make any changes to your diet or lifestyle. Part of my job is to make your changes easier or at least, less painful.
So much of nutrition is individualized to meet the health needs of a particular individual that this question can’t be answered without more information about you, your current health status and your goals. Many people are able to enjoy a sweet treat on occasion. Regardless of your health situation, my recommendations for most will likely be to use the purest most natural form of sweetener possible and to eat sweet foods minimally and saved for special occasions. After all, everything that is rare is just that much more special!
Part of the problem with the rising health epidemics is directly related to increased consumption of foods/sweets that used to be a rare treat for holidays or special events. If you are fortunate enough to not have a serious health condition such as diabetes, depression, autoimmune illness or cancer then I will still advise that you value this precious health status by protecting it. And, the best way to protect yourself and prevent future illness that so many of us are being diagnosed with, is to greatly minimize the amount of processed sweet foods we eat. Don’t worry, this does not mean completely eliminating some very nutritious and delicious foods and treats. In fact, one of the benefits of becoming more mindful about your nutrition habits and working with a nutritionist is learning all the cool and delicious foods and recipes in the world. Bon appetit!
(e.g. Vegan, Mediterranean, low-fat, vegetarian, low carb, Keto, Paleo).
Every person’s nutritional needs are unique based on their cultural heritage, genetic makeup, current state of health, food sensitivities and allergies, level of activity and stage of life. Therefore, no particular diet will be optimal or beneficial for everyone. In general we we recommend eating whole foods (in their natural form from the ground or animals) which, are organic (without pesticides), non-GMO (not genetically modified) and unprocessed (not in packaging or from fast food restaurants). Animal foods are best when they have been raised organically (without hormones, antibiotic and pesticides) and eating the foods they have evolved to eat (grass-fed, pasture raised or wild caught).
There are several diets that can provide a good baseline from which we can then work to tweak to your own individual needs. In general, I have found the most healthful and scientifically supported diets to be those with characteristics of traditional ancestral eating styles such as those similar to paleo, Weston A. Price style, pegan (not vegan) and primal. Information about traditional health diets can be found at the Weston A. Price Foundation site. https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/abcs-ofnutrition/principles-of-healthy-diets-2/
There are modified versions of these traditional health-promoting diets that have been shown to be helpful for people with particular health conditions. One particular diet, called the ketogenic diet has been found to be profoundly helpful and healing for a variety of modern day illnesses, including cancer, diabetes and blood sugar imbalance, and for brain related disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
This “Keto” diet is an advanced form of a low carb/high fat diet. Low carb (low “processed” carb, not low healthy vegetables) and higher fat ( use liberal amounts of healthy oils such as extra virgin olive oil, butter). Keto as well as paleo and other traditional and ancestral diets promote cooking with lard, beef tallow and coconut oil and eating healthy fats throughout the day such as avocados, nuts, olives and full-fat dairy and cheese (when not lactose intolerant).
Boulder Center for Health and Nutrition/Mary Kay Irving may order or recommend testing for particular nutrition related or metabolic matters. We may recommend a particular company for clients to order the testing from directly or we may refer you to your conventional health provider or to a functional or naturopathic health provider for a variety of testing that we don’t offer.
Many of the most common concerns people come to us for, (low energy, fatigue, depressed mood, weight loss, cancer recovery and pre-diabetes) can be addressed with diet and lifestyle change and testing may never be needed.
Others may be concerned about prevention or in learning about their genetic predisposition to certain illness. There is exciting new information about our genes and our ability to change our health through epigenetics which are greatly impacted by lifestyle habits and nutrition. We are happy to discuss each person’s situation and the various options currently available.
Boulder Center for Health and Nutrition /Mary Kay Irving does not take health insurance as a form of payment in the interest of preserving the highest quality of care and ensuring client confidentiality.
Some insurance companies do provide coverage for a limited number of medical conditions that can be prevented or positively impacted by nutrition counseling. See example below, of what one insurance company, Aetna provides. (Aetna considers nutritional counseling a medically necessary preventive service for children and adults who are obese, and for adults who are overweight and have other cardiovascular disease risk factors (hypertension, dyslipidemia, impaired fasting glucose, or the metabolic syndrome), when it is prescribed by a physician and furnished by a provider (e.g., licensed nutritionist, registered dietician, or other qualified licensed health professionals such as nurses who are trained in nutrition) recognized under the plan). www.aetna.com
If using insurance is necessary for you, please contact your insurance provider directly for referrals to covered local nutrition practitioners.
A personal note
For me, changing my diet to improve my health was one of the best investments I could have ever made. My grocery budget has increased. It does cost me more each week and I gladly pay it. Truth be told, at one time I was spending over $1000/month for medications. Today and for the past 7 years, I take none. I was also in medical debt and my credit was destroyed for many tens of thousands of dollars after my cancer treatment. Today my credit score is rock sold. So, yes, I actually feel good about spending a little more on my groceries each week and for darn good reason. My health (and yours) is worth every extra penny! ~ Mary Kay Irving
While there are some similarities between psychotherapy and coaching/support services, when I work with Clients as a Coach or support group facilitator I am not conducting psychotherapy.
Coaching and psychotherapy are different modalities of counseling, and it is important that you as the Client understand the differences between them. Although both Coaching and Psychotherapy utilize knowledge of human behavior, motivation, behavioral change and interactive counseling techniques, there are major difference in the goals, focus and level of professional responsibility.
Psychotherapy is a health care service. The primary focus is to identify, diagnose and treat nervous and mental disorders. The goals include alleviating the symptoms, understanding the underlying personality dynamics which create or exacerbate symptoms, changing the dysfunctional behaviors, which are the result of these disorders, and helping patients to cope with their psychological problems.
Professional Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that helps people produce desired changes in an identified area of life and may include physical, emotional and spiritual realms. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life. The Client chooses the focus of conversation while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. The Coach may also provide education and information from an area of expertise such as nutrition. Together, these interventions accelerate the clients progress by providing grater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future. Results area a matter of the client’s intentions, choices and actions supported by the coach’s efforts and application of the coaching process. As Coach, I will be honest, direct and ask straightforward questions and use challenging techniques to help you move forward. Coaching, as with any human can involve feelings of discomfort and frustration which often accompanies the process of change.
It is understood and agreed to by the Client and Provider that if either of us recognizes that you, as the Client, have a problem that would benefit from psychotherapy, I as the Provider may refer or direct you to appropriate resources in addition to or in lieu of Coaching.
Meditation refers to a practice of techniques (depending on the particular form of meditation) for focusing our mind and thoughts, often to a place of rest or focused attention. With practice we can learn to have more control over the seemingly endless stream of consciousness experienced in our normal, day to day waking state.
There are many proven benefits to a regular practice of meditation. Meditation has been shown to alter brain structure and functioning in ways, which reduce stress and increase focus and concentration. A meditation practice can help us to develop more control over impulsive behaviors (think saying no to that chocolate cake or glass of wine) and help manage emotions. It can also increase creativity as well as compassion for our selves and for others.
In the realm of health, meditation research helps reduced depression, anxiety and is a great tool for stress management. It improves sleep, boosts the immune system and is helpful in the management of pain. It has even been shown to positively influence the cells of cancer survivors. With so many benefits, this should be in all of our toolboxes for a healthier, happier life!
Any person of any faith or non-religious persons, atheists or agnostics can practice and benefit from meditation. While, many people practice meditation as part of their faith or to deepen their spiritual life, many others develop a practice to increase mindfulness, for relaxation and medical benefits or even to improve sleep.
Luckily, many of the health benefits can be obtained by practicing for as little as 20 minutes a day. If you are just starting out, I suggest 5 minutes and gradually build up to 20 or more daily for maximum benefit. It is not uncommon for me to include meditation instruction and practice time in sessions as part of our work together. I also often suggest it as a home practice in between sessions. Once you feel the benefits, you will often want more!