MODESTO, CA -- Growing up in Israel, Irit Goldman knew she wanted to be a psychotherapist, and also wanted to focus on children. She never dreamt that a few years as a special education teacher, to help her align with counseling children who have special needs, would grow into a lengthy career. When Dr. Goldman retired, she finally had the time to focus on her other great passion: diagnosing and healing patients using a modality known as EMDR. Dr. Goldman is one of only three clinicians in her part of California certified in this bilateral brain stimulation technique, which helps people cope with trauma and avert PTSD.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitizing Reprocessing. By activating the two sides of the brain to work together, with eye movements similar to those in our REM sleep mode, people are able to process traumas and to feel safe, confident and whole again.
EMDR is a complex process and Dr. Goldman knows it is not the counseling tool for everyone. She chooses what to use in her treatment sessions based on the patient and his/her distinct needs. Sometimes she will use traditional talk therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy. Those may include depression, stress management, phobias, anxiety, relationship issues, ADHD and grief.
Irit Goldman received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2002 and then a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2004. She pursued training in EMDR in 2009 and frequently uses, or speaks about, this unique therapeutic modality. Listeners who want to know more about EMDR can watch a video up on Dr. Goldman’s website, or read the book The Body Keeps the Score (by Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk).
For more information about Dr. Irit Goldman, visit: http://www.marriageandfamilytherapymodesto.com
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