I felt honored to be interviewed recently as part of the monthly series A Path to Wellbeing on Shondaland! It was a pleasure to talk with my friend Sandy Cohen about how routines and healthy habits can help support good health. (For example, you'll discover the number 9 may be more powerful than you think.) You can find the full article here. Hope you like it!
I had a fun time talking with Vinnie Enriquez on the Road to Growth podcast. We touch on topics that are near and dear to me — creativity, business, and the importance of the therapeutic relationship. Also, this was my first live interview — that was an adventure! I kind of want to do it more now... Hope you enjoy the episode!
I've been interested in doing more podcast interviews recently because I enjoy having conversations about therapy and creativity. I've noticed how exhilarating and terrifying it can be to launch my voice into the world. It's different than a one-on-one discussion, like I'm used to in a therapy session. It's also different from public speaking, where only a certain number of people hear what I have to say. A podcast can be beamed just about anywhere, and anyone can listen to (and have opinions about) what I have to say. Yikes.
My latest interview was with FIVE Minute Bark (although my episode is 20 minutes long, that's still a clever title!). I was surprised to realize this was the first interview I've done that focuses on EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). It was great to get the chance to chat about what I do in sessions and delve into what EMDR therapy is. I felt nervous being a representative of sorts for EMDR, even though I am trained, have been practicing it for several years, and am in the process of completing my EMDR certification. Hello, imposter syndrome!
How did I deal with this imposter syndrome? First, I thanked the part of me that was feeling scared. I thanked it for trying to protect me. And, knowing this part probably came from a younger place, I reminded it I also have an adult part that has gained many resources, skills, and experiences over the years. I invited the younger part of me to go play and have fun, knowing the adult me could handle whatever comes up.
You can find my latest podcast interview here. I hope it's helpful, and if you have any questions about EMDR or anything else, please feel free to contact me and schedule a time to chat.
I was honored to be included with several other inspirational San Diego businesspeople recently in SD Voyager Magazine. Here's an excerpt from my interview:
"The thing I’m most proud of in my business is being an EMDR practitioner because I think this type of therapy can help clients resolve issues quicker and more effectively than talk therapy alone. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. The theory is that during REM or dream sleep, the brain organizes memories in a way that makes sense to us and doesn’t cause distress. When there is trauma, however, this process can be interrupted. Memories can get “stuck” and become stressful, which can look like fear, anger, addiction, or other upsetting emotions, thoughts, or behaviors. EMDR can help move traumatic memories through the brain in a more adaptive way and reduce distress. EMDR practitioners do this by using 'bilateral stimulation' — either having the client move their eyes back and forth or listening to alternating tones, for example. It’s not known exactly why or how this works. There have been many studies, though, showing EMDR to be effective. ...
"What sets me apart from other therapists is my background in creativity. I’m a writer and a musician (I have sung on many stages in San Diego) and I know what it’s like to juggle a job and creative pursuits. I also get why, for many of us, art gives us a reason to live. My clients don’t need to spend time explaining to me why creativity is important to them — I understand it because I live it every day."
You can find the full interview here.
Note: We don't spend all of the video sideways! Things get straightened out around the 3-minute mark. ;)
I joined Melissa DaSilva, LICSW, for a fun New Year's chat about being in private practice. Please feel free to check it out if you'd like to learn more about my approach and how I became a therapist.
P.S. Happy New Year! :)
P.P.S. Registration for the next Artist's Way Workshop, beginning February 2018, is now OPEN! Check it out here.
My friend and fellow clinician, Joel Schwartz, and I recorded a Facebook Live video as a follow-up to my recent blog post about Gabor Maté. Our freewheeling conversation covered lots of topics, including the nature of creativity itself. We also talk about the push-pull dynamic between feeling compelled to express and desiring to hide our creative selves.
Click to 4:30 on the video to get to the start of our conversation. I hope you enjoy!
If you are interested in pursuing psychotherapy with either of us, here is our contact:
Rachel Moore: firstname.lastname@example.org, 619-452-1082, http://www.rachelmoorecounseling.com/
Joel Schwartz: email@example.com (424) 265-8185
Canadian artist Janelle Hardy interviewed me for her podcast, Wild Elixir, awhile back. The episode was posted over the weekend, and it was a lot of fun to revisit our conversation. Our chat included musings on creativity (music in particular) and an in-depth discussion of my favorite fairytale, Beauty and the Beast. Enjoy the listen!
I was recently interviewed by Stephanie Knutson of San Diego Writers, Ink about my upcoming class Unlocking Writer's Block. Here's an excerpt:
SDWI: Writer’s block is something we all struggle with, do you find it hard to help people overcome it?
Rachel Moore: I don’t find it difficult to guide people in how to face writer’s block in the short term. As with anything, it’s the long-term practice that is tough to maintain. I do enjoy helping individuals discover which tools will work best for them to continue accessing and activating their creative genius.
SDWI: I read that your specialty is helping writers, artists, and musicians rediscover their joy, can you go into more detail about that?
RM: Sure! Oftentimes in our culture creative people are put down or told their passions are not valid or necessary. This can cause stress and anxiety, which can lead to all sorts of ailments. I help my clients rediscover the joy in art and life and remember their purpose. For many people, art gives them a reason to live, which is a vital component for good mental health.
Read more here: http://www.sandiegowriters.org/?p=13319
I was recently interviewed for a column in the alternative weekly publication San Diego CityBeat. The topic was how fans have reacted to the ongoing drama around the San Diego Chargers football team — specifically whether the team will stay in San Diego or move to another city. I talked about how Chargers fans may find themselves stuck in "anticipatory grief." I also discussed reasons why sports teams and celebrities are important to people and can become a part of their identity. Check it out here: A Chargers love triangle in harsh winds: Therapeutic advice for tormented San Diego football fans
Rachel Moore, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapy in San Diego, CA. Rachel helps writers, artists, musicians, and other creative types overcome anxiety and trauma. She is certified in EMDR therapy and also trained in Brainspotting.