What is EMDR?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain's information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can causes intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.


What is TF-CBT?

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a therapeutic intervention designed to help children, adolescents, and their parents overcome the impact of traumatic events. For example, it is designed to help with traumas related to sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, and community violence, an unexpected death of a loved one, natural disasters and war. The focus of treatment is to: Assist the child or adolescent to develop coping strategies for traumatic stress reactions and reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, or acting out behavior which are common in children exposed to trauma.


TF-CBT is provided to children from 3 to 18 years of age by a professional who has received training in this specific modality of therapy. The treatment typically lasts between 12 to 16 sessions. These sessions include: Individual sessions for child or adolescent, Individual sessions for parents, Conjoint sessions between parent and child or adolescent. Numerous studies have demonstrated that TF-CBT is more effective in helping children overcome trauma than other therapeutic interventions.

San Diego Access and Crisis Line

1-888-724-7740  ~     7 days a week - 24 hours a day

Teen Line

Phone: 1-800-852-8336 - 1-800- TLC-TEEN

Text: "TEEN" to 839863 between 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

A teen-to-teen hotline for calling and texting. The line is open every night from 6-10 p.m. PST to help adolescents address their problems in a confidential, anonymous and comfortable manner.

It's Up to Us


Is a resourceful website that contains a life chat that provides emotional support in a time of crisis http://www.up2sd.org/index.php

NCTSN - National Child Traumatic Stress network

information on various types of trauma -



National Alliance on Mental Illness - http://www.nami.org/

Stop it Now!

An organization dedicated to sexual abuse prevention, support and information:


Protect young Minds

Educate yourself and then empower your kids against the dangers of pornography


Child Abuse Hotline

858-560- 2191 or California toll free 1(800) 344-6000


Parenting Education

The Incredible Years parenting program


How to choose the right therapist?

An article about the process of finding the right professional for you and your family - http://blogs.psychcentral.com/parenting-tips/2014/02/guidelines-for-choosing-the-right-therapist-does-the-shoe-fit/

Raising your grandkids -

When grandparents are the primary caregivers www.RaisingyourGrandchildren.com