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EMDR

What is EMDR?

EMDR is an acronym for a new psychotherapeutic technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

EMDR is a remarkable treatment method used to heal the symptoms of trauma, as well as other emotional conditions. EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies.

EMDR has been shown to be very effective with many conditions including depression and anxiety.

The EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, or sound, which repeatly activates the opposite sides of the brain releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.

EMDR allows a client to process an emotional experience that he/she cannot yet talk about, yet following a EMDR session find an ability to talk about it freely. Most importantly, it can eliminate stress surrounding the traumatic event, with the purpose of allowing new life in the once traumatized and emotionally difficult memory.

How Does It Work?

The therapist works gently with the client and asks him/her to revisit the traumatic moment or incident, recalling feelings surrounding the experience, as well as any negative thoughts, feelings and memories. The therapist then holds her fingers about eighteen inches from the clients face and begins to move them back and forth like a windshield wiper. The client tracks the movements as if watching ping pong. The more intensely the client focuses on the memory, the easier it becomes for the memory to come to life. As quick and vibrant images arise during the therapy session, they are processed by the eye movements, resulting in painful feelings being exchanged for more peaceful, loving and resolved feelings.

To get more information about EMDR, you can look at one of the short films found on the EMDR Institute website:  http://www.emdr.com/client-session.html


What are the Symptoms that can be helped by EMDR?

* High anxiety and lack of motivation
* Depression
* Memories of a traumatic experience
* Fear of being alone
* Unrealistic feelings of guilt and shame
* Fear of being alone
* Difficulty in trusting others
* Relationship problems

What is the History of EMDR?

Since the initial medical study in 1989 positive therapeutic results with EMDR have been reported with the following populations:

* People who have witnessed or been a victim to a disaster (rape, accidents, earth quakes, fires, murder, gang related violence)

* Clients suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

* Suffers of panic disorders and anxiety attacks

* Suffers of phobias

* Chemically dependent clients

* Persons exposed to excess loss ( loss by death, divorce, loss of a house by fire)

* Crime victims and police officers who were once overcome with violent memories

* Accident or burn victims



Who can use EMDR?

I  am able to use EMDR with children, teens and adults.  Each person completes an assessment to see if EMDR is appropriate for them before we decide together.