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EMDR Therapy

I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy which has been found to be particularly helpful with treating trauma and PTSD. It is designated by the American Psychiatric Association as "highly effective and empirically supported" and it has been endorsed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as an effective treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

EMDR doesn't make you forget the memory of the trauma, rather it helps you to finally separate the emotions that you have had connected to the trauma. Simply put, EMDR helps you get to the root of the "problem" (what is continuing to cause you pain or discord in your current life) and it can help you set up a positive mindset for the present and the future.

EMDR is very useful in not only treating trauma, but treating various issues, including anxiety and phobias. This therapy can be quite helpful with addressing issues that you may have tried to fix or change before, but didn't receive results or lasting results. EMDR can help you get "unstuck" from your negative thoughts.

  • Have you found that you've tried other forms of therapy and continue to find yourself struggling with the same behaviors or mindsets that are interfering with your life?
  • Do you find that you become "triggered" or have reactions to people, circumstances, or situations that don't seem warranted?
  • Do you find yourself re-experiencing emotions that you felt when you suffered a trauma or difficult time in your life?
  • Do you find that you have negative beliefs about yourself in certain situations? Such as "I'm not good enough" or "I am powerless".

EMDR uses eight phases to help you address your particular difficulty/situation/ pathology. During EMDR, you will be able to learn and apply positive coping skills and relaxation techniques, identify the source(s) of the problem(s) or get to the root of the problem, process through the material by the help of dual or bilateral stimulation (using either bilateral eye movements or taps) and begin to set into motion positive thought processes to apply to situations in your life where you may have had difficulty. EMDR may be helpful for you to finally break free of your symptoms!

For further information regarding EMDR, please contact me, or visit the EMDR Institute, Inc. website.