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May 6, 2022

Have you ever felt like there were invisible barriers preventing you from achieving your goals or getting to where you wanted to be in life? For many of us, these barriers are the result of traumatic experiences that have negatively impacted the way we view ourselves, others, and the world around us.  While various therapeutic modalities seek to help individuals overcome trauma, a technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) may deliver powerful and efficient results.

In Episode 93 of The MINDSet Game® podcast, Megan McQuary – a Certified EMDR Clinician and Trainer, as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and an Advanced Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor – shares the following:

  • The goals of EMDR and an overview of how it works, including the key things that Megan focuses on when conducting an EMDR session
  • A metaphor to help understand how your brain operates, and why it can be difficult to think logically or make decisions effectively when you are overwhelmed by stress or other negative emotions 
  • The power of bilateral stimulation and how it is used in EMDR

At the end of the episode, Megan guides us through a guided visualization using bilateral stimulation. This empowering session is designed to help you reflect on how far you’ve come in life and discover where you are in relation to the achievement of your goals. 

Megan McQuary formerly owned and operated one of the largest treatment centers for substance abuse and trauma in Southeast Idaho, which was voted best in practice for 2019. Her trainings have helped thousands of clinicians across the U.S. get the most out of EMDR, trauma and addiction based skills and practices. She has been invited to train internationally at the International Society of Addiction Medicine in India, the International Conference on Addiction Research and Therapy in Amsterdam and at the Psicologia Institute of Italy. Megan has extensively been trained on the use of EMDR as a treatment protocol and uses EMDR in her practice to achieve improved outcomes with a broad spectrum of clients in the areas of trauma, abuse, attachment and substance abuse. She is an expert witness at the State and Federal level for her expertise in areas surrounding trauma.

Megan is the author of EMDR Workbook for Trauma and PTSD: Skills to Manage Triggers, Move Beyond Traumatic Memories, and Take Back Your Life set to be released by New Harbinger Publications in late 2022. She earned her master's in Clinical Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University in 2011 and is an active member of the International Society of Addiction Medicine and the National Association of Social Workers. She currently owns and operates her own Counseling, Consulting and Training Business and is passionate about genuinely changing the landscape of trauma treatment through an authentic, hands on perspective, that she has uniquely made her own.  

To learn more about Megan and EMDR, visit her website at 

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