EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a powerful and efficient method to address symptoms of post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, and dissociation. EMDR Therapy was developed by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980’s. It has been shown to be effective in resolving trauma and is considered an Evidence Based Treatment. EMDR therapy involves identifying memories that have become neurologically ‘stuck.’ These unresolved memories make the past feel like it is still very much the present and they force current life experiences to be filtered through a negative, distorted lens. Using bilateral stimulation (usually in the form of eye movement or alternating tactile buzzers) allows the brain to ‘digest’ the memories that are stuck so they are no longer disturbing. This in turn helps change negative beliefs about yourself that you have developed due to these experiences.
The Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model that EMDR Therapy is based on suggests that the brain has a natural healing process for dealing with difficult life events; much like the body has a natural healing process for cuts and broken bones. Therefore, EMDR Therapy can be likened to cleaning out an infected wound or setting a bone. EMDR Therapy is a multi-phase process, often involving significant assessment and preparation, particularly when there is complex and developmental trauma or dissociative processes. It can be an intense experience to activate the thoughts, feelings, and sensations associated with these stuck memories. Therefore, we do a lot of work ahead of time to ensure that you are prepared to handle whatever comes up. I carefully monitor this process so that we do not go too fast. The reward of this difficult work is that the source of the pain is then neutralized, as the brain integrates the positive and reality-based perspectives of safety, efficacy, and self-worth. (This description was generously reproduced with permission of Susie Morgan, MFT).
I was trained in EMDR Therapy in 2014 and am in the process of becoming a certified EMDR Therapist through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), with a commitment to ongoing training in order to be able to effectively use EMDR Therapy to address the varied and complex needs of my clients.
You have taken the first step by checking out this website. I encourage you to take the next step and call me so that we can speak and find out if we are a good fit for one another. I look forward to speaking with you and coming up with a plan to help you to let go the pain of the past, live more fully in the present and start developing hope for the future.