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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy that
enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the
result of disturbing life experiences. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in
fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical
trauma. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing
event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the
block is removed, healing resumes.
The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.
Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training
sessions, I help clients activate their natural healing processes.
There have been numerous positive studies done on EMDR therapy. Some of the
statistic show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-
traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions.
There has been so much research on EMDR therapy that it is now recognized as
an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by
organizations such as the Department of Defense, American Psychiatric
Association, the World Health Organization, and given the worldwide recognition
as an effective treatment of trauma.
EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment. Eye movements (or other bilateral
stimulation) are used during one part of the session. In successful EMDR therapy,
the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level. When fully
resolved symptoms of acute stress, PTSD, etc., the experience will no longer
trouble you. Although you will not forget what happened, thinking about it will
not be disturbing. Negative beliefs associated with the trauma will change to more
positive beliefs and you will be able to live your life more fully.
My training and work experiences over the years have given me skills in behavioral
therapies such as CBT, DBT, SFBT, and EMDR. I received training and
consultation from an EMDRIA-approved school and I have satisfied all training
requirements to successfully conduct EMDR with clients and use at as a primary
tool to help clients heal from traumatic experiences.
What problems are helped by EMDR?
The studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following
Loss of a loved one Injury of a loved one
Car accident Fire
Work accident Assault
Natural disaster Injury
Illness Witness to violence
Childhood abuse Victims of violent crimes
Performance and test Anxiety Trauma
Depression Anxiety or panic
Childhood trauma Physical abuse
Sexual abuse Post-traumatic stress
Bad temper Overwhelming fears
Panic attacks Low self-esteem
Relationship problems Brooding or worrying
Trouble sleeping Unrealistic feelings of guilt and shame
Difficulty in trusting others