EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy treatment that enables individuals to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress from traumatic or difficult life experiences. Numerous controlled studies have shown EMDR to be an effective form of psychotherapy with an increased rate in reduction of symptoms than traditional talk therapy alone. It is recognized by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs as an efficacious treatment for PTSD.
As a certified EMDR therapist, I have over 15 years experience and advanced training in utlizing EMDR with my clients.
What can I expect during an EMDR session?
During EMDR sessions, I will ask you to focus on a disturbing memory, emotion or body sensation, while applying gentle, bilateral stimulation (visual, audio or tactile) which repeatedly activates the right and left side of the brain. With your eyes, you will follow a light moving horizontally back and forth and/or hold gently, vibrating pulsers or “buzzies” in each hand, while focusing on their target image. Soft sounds alternating in your ears may also be used to stimulate the right and left hemispheres of your brain as your process a memory. Bilateral stimulation assists the neurophysiological system to release emotional experiences that get “stuck” in the nervous system and returns the body to equilibrium. Thus, it accelerates your brains capacity to process and heal the memory being targeted, which can leave you feeling a greater sense of ease and self-agency. It can be very effective for those troubling memories or ingrained patterns of behavior that traditional talk therapy has not fully helped you to shift. My clients often express they feel a sense of “freedom” from the event being processed with reduced emotional distress, new insights and a sense of their agency to handle and overcome the distressing situation. I always tell my clients, “Let’s put the memory on the history channel where it belongs rather than having it on the CNN ticker.” Please visit www.emdria.com for additional information, research and training.
What issues are helped by EMDR?
Studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following issues:
Grief and loss
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Anxiety or panic
Self-blame, shame or guilt
Stuck patterns of behaviors and/or reactions
Habitual negative beliefs about yourself and others
Health conditions/Chronic pain
Sense of impending doom
Low self esteem
Sense of powerlessness
Difficulty trusting others
Who is EMDR for?
EMDR has been high beneficial for those challenging issues and patterns of behavior that traditional talk therapy alone has not resolved. Contact me for to see how EMDR may help you gain freedom from your symptoms.