Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS EMDR?

EMDR is a psychotherapy used to treat troubling symptoms such as anxiety, guilt, anger, depression, panic, sleep disturbance and flashbacks, that are the result of traumatic experiences. Traditional therapies have met with limited success in treating victims of trauma. Not only has EMDR therapy been proven effective in reducing the chronic symptoms which follow trauma, the therapy benefits appear to be permanent. To date, it has helped an estimated half million people of all ages receive relief from many different kinds of psychological distress. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. The beneficial effects of EMDR are facilitated by an alternating stimulation of the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Eye movement accomplishes this stimulation as do bilateral alternating taps or tones. EMDR also has the ability to shorten the time needed for therapy. For additional information see www.emdr.com.

WHAT IS HYPNOSIS USED FOR?

Hypnosis can be used for many psychological difficulties. Smoking cessation and weigh loss are the most common uses. Many individuals get relatively rapid improvement in anxiety and depression. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder also responds well to Hypnosis.

CAN I BE HYPNOTIZED?

Yes, unless you suffer from brain damage, schizophrenia or mental retardation.

WILL I DO SOMETHING AGAINST MY ETHICAL CODE WHILE BEING HYPNOTIZED?

Absolutely not. No one would do anything under hypnosis that they would not do otherwise. You are always in control.

WILL I HAVE TO DO SILLY OR EMBARRASSING THINGS WHILE BEING HYPNOTIZED?

No. Comedy clubs often feature hypnotists for the purpose of humor. I use hypnosis as a professional psychologist and am working to help you achieve your personal goals.

WHAT IS ALCOHOLISM/SUBSTANCE ADDICTION?

Addiction is a disease that includes the following four symptoms:

• Craving – A strong need, or urge, to drink or use.
• Loss of control – Not being able to stop drinking/using.
• Physical dependence – Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety after stopping drinking/using.
• Tolerance – The need for greater amounts of alcohol/drugs to get “high.”

CAN ALCOHOLISM/SUBSTANCE ABUSE BE TREATED?

Yes, alcoholism/substance abuse can be treated. Most alcoholics/addicts need help to recover from their disease. With support and treatment, many people are able to stop drinking/using and rebuild their lives.

DOES ALCOHOLISM/SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT WORK?

Alcoholism/substance abuse treatment works for many people. But just like any chronic disease, there are varying levels of success when it comes to treatment.

DOES IT DO ME ANY GOOD TO SEE A THERAPIST IF MY SPOUSE/CHILD WON'T STOP DRINKING/USING OR SAYS THAT THEIR DRINKING/USING IS ONLY A PROBLEM FOR ME?

Yes. Therapy is a good way to sort out your feelings and discover the truth. Many people with an addiction find it difficult to look at their addiction as a problem. It is also important to remember that you are not alone. Support groups offered in most communities include Al-Anon, Alateen, Nar-anon etc. These groups help family members understand that they are not responsible for an alcoholic’s drinking or an addict’s using and that they need to take steps to take care of themselves, regardless of whether the addicted family member chooses to get help.

CAN I BECOME ADDICTED TO THINGS OTHER THAN ALCOHOL OR DRUGS?

Yes, behaviors such as work, sex, exercise, gambling and Internet use can be a part of a healthy lifestyle. However, they can be addictions when the following symptoms occur:

• Craving – A strong need or urge for the behavior

• Loss of control – Not being able to stop the behavior

• Dependence – Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety about having to stop the behavior.