Relief for PTSD with EMDR

Elizabeth Handy

Melody Schreiber writes in The Washington Post about how a woman found relief for PTSD with a different kind of therapy. But does it work?

After PTSD More Trauma

Elizabeth Handy

After PTSD More Trauma A terrific article appeared in the New York Times this week on PTSD, called “After PTSD, More Trauma.” It’s about a veteran who came home traumatized and saw a new graduate therapist at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The therapist decided to apply Exposure Therapy to cure him and predictably, it made him much worse. When …

Testimonial: True Help

Elizabeth Handy

Testimonial: True Help I was diagnosed with major depression in my late teens and in the two subsequent decades met with about 8 different therapists and psychiatrists. I was prescribed an always-changing battery of prescription drugs to treat the persistent depression and later anxiety, and very few of the drugs effectively treated my symptoms. The efficacy of the few drugs …

Testimonial: Change Your Life

Elizabeth Handy

Testimonial: Change Your Life See this psychotherapist and change your life! Elizabeth Handy is first and foremost a scientist who is extremely well-versed in all things related to our emotions, feelings, thoughts, behaviors and actions. Her evidence-based work promises better mental health. It has done wonders for me. Thanks to Libby and her state-of-the-art treatment methods, I have been able …

Testimonial: All the Difference in my Life

Elizabeth Handy

Testimonial: All the Difference in my Life Dear Libby, I am writing to express how deeply grateful I am for the beautiful changes in my life, attributable largely to our therapy sessions. As you may recall, I came to you in rather desperate straits. Previous extended experiences at talk therapy did little to help to identify, much less resolve my …

Think twice before meditating

Why You Should Think Twice Before Meditating

Elizabeth Handy

Meditation is not good for people who have trauma or anxiety disorders as their symptoms are exacerbated by this practice. Every day, articles surface on its benefits, but for many, as pointed out in this article by The Atlantic , meditation can give rise to anxiety and dissociation, particularly in people who have past trauma. The article notes: “Meditation is …

Response: The New York Times “My Mother’s Psychotherapy–and Mine”

Response: The New York Times “My Mother’s Psychotherapy–and Mine”

Elizabeth Handy

The New York Times published an article from Saïd Sayrafiezadadeh’s “Couch” series on Sunday titled “My Mother’s Psychotherapy—and Mine.” Sayrafiezadadeh said of his mother, “Her relationship with her treatment nearly killed her. How would I fare?” The author recalls that when he expressed feelings of hopelessness regarding the alleviation of the unhappy memories, the therapist’s solution was to “keep coming …

Background

Master of Science, Clinical Community Counseling: 2003, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD Bachelor of Arts and Science, Sociology/English: 1980, New York University, New York, NY Working With the Effects of Emotional Abuse, Severe Neglect & Invisibility, Dolores Mosquera, 2020 Flash Technique, Ricky Greenwald Ph.D., 2020 Treating First-Responders and Military with EMDR Therapy, E.C. Hurley, 2020 22nd Annual ISEPP Conference, 2019 …