A Brief Description of EMDR Therapy

EMDR is a therapeutic process that allows one to REprocess (for the R in EMDR)a negative thought, cognition or belief into a positive one.  This is done through the 8 Phases of Treatment described below.  The use of bilateral movement, via pulsars or tappers, left to right eye movement or bilateral sound, employs the brain to process information holistically.  When the left brain, right brain and the brainstem, midbrain and forebrain are communicating with each other, a previously "stuck" trauma or belief is able to be "processed out" into a new, more productive way of thinking.  For example, "I should've known better" can be reprocessed into "I did the best I could."  We can't change the events that has influenced our lives but we can change the way we believe about that event.   

8 Phases of Treatment The amount of time the complete treatment will take depends upon the history of the client. Complete treatment of the targets and the three-pronged protocol are needed to alleviate the symptoms and address the complete clinical picture. The goal of EMDR therapy is to process completely the experiences that are causing problems, and to include new ones that are needed for full health. "Processing" does not mean talking about it. "Processing" means setting up a learning state that will allow experiences that are causing problems to be "digested" and stored appropriately in your brain. That means that what is useful to you from an experience will be learned, and stored with appropriate emotions in your brain, and be able to guide you in positive ways in the future. The inappropriate emotions, beliefs, and body sensations will be discarded. Negative emotions, feelings and behaviors are generally caused by unresolved earlier experiences that are pushing you in the wrong directions. The goal of EMDR therapy is to leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that will lead to healthy and useful behaviors and interactions.

Who is EMDR for?

  • anyone feeling "stuck" about an issue ("big or small")
  • anyone wanting to heal past trauma
  • anyone with anger issues
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • phobia

How I can help:

  • Facilitate EMDR treatment
  • Provide non-judgemental space
  • create coping skills for a more effective EMDR treatment
  • provide trauma-informed treatment
  • and more...

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