Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy can help promote healing from trauma or difficult life experiences and accelerates the resolution of emotional distress.
With over 30 years of clinical research, EMDR is accepted as an evidenced-based treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences and is recognized by the World Health Organization, American Psychological Association, and the Department of Defense.
"We are not changing what happened,
we are changing the way it lives in us…”
What happens in EMDR Therapy?
As the client focuses on a specific or target memory related to a traumatic event or other situation, the therapist will facilitate bilateral stimulation through eye movements, tapping, or possibly alternating audio stimuli. This stimulation allows the brain to accelerate the emotional and intellectual processing needed to gain insights into the situation. The work is done by the brain "behind the scenes" and requires less clinician intervention than traditional talk therapy.
It has been described as if one is riding a train as old memories go cascading by. As these old memories and connections come to the surface and are reprocessed, they become stored again in a more adaptive way in the brain and distress is greatly decreased. It may take only a few sessions to see noticeable improvements.
Will it work for me? What if I don't have a major trauma?
EMDR has been proven to work very well with single or multiple traumatic events.
It can also be very effective with a variety of other disturbing events you may not view as "traumatic" as well as with grief, depression, and anxiety.
Contact me to learn more about EMDR and how it can help you!