Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy


What Is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR Therapy, is a powerful psychotherapy technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems. Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring lasting relief for most types of emotional distress, usually in a shorter timeframe than traditional therapy.  
EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies. I utilize EMDRIA approved and researched methods in my practice. (For more information about research on EMDR, go to www.emdria.org.)
EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly 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.  This therapy replicates REM sleep, a way natural we were designed to process the trauma or difficulties of our life.
As troubling images and feelings are processed by the brain via the bi-lateral stimulation used with EMDR therapy, resolution of the issues and a more peaceful state are achieved.
How Does It Work?
During an EMDR session I work gently with you, the client and first get to know you, take an extensive history and move into the trauma work when you are ready and comfortable.   I will then ask you to revisit the traumatic moment or incident, recalling feelings surrounding the experience, as well as any negative thoughts, feelings and memories. As the therapist, I then utilize my researched based EyeScan machine by placing it eighteen inches or more 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 and the physical sensations accompanying the memory, the easier it becomes for the memory to emerge and process. Images and somatic memories may arise during the therapy session and are processed resulting in painful feelings being released and the emergence of more peaceful, loving and resolved feelings. For clients who prefer other methods of bilateral stimulation, bilateral sounds  or hand buzzers/tappers are available.

What problems are helped by EMDR?

The studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following conditions:
• loss of a loved one
• injury of a loved one
• car accident
• fire
• work accident
• assault
• robbery 
• rape 
• natural disaster
• injury 
• illness
• witness to violence
• childhood abuse
• victims of violent crimes
• performance and test anxiety
• trauma 
• depression
• anxiety or panic
• phobias 
• fears
• childhood trauma
• physical abuse
• sexual abuse 
• post traumatic stress
• bad temper
• overwhelming fears 
• panic attacks
• low self-esteem
• relationship problems
• brooding or worrying
• trouble sleeping
The EMDR technique is most effective when used in conjunction with other traditional methods of therapy in treating these and many other emotional disorders.The EMDR
experience is different and exact timeframes are dependent upon each individual client. Yet I have personally experienced the powerful tool of EMDR and know EMDR therapy
can help you replace your anxiety and fear with positive images, emotions and thoughts.
What are the Symptoms that can be helped by EMDR?

• High anxiety and lack of motivation
• Addictive behaviors (alcohol, food, relationships, gambling, etc.)
• Memories of a traumatic experience
• Fear of being alone
• Unrealistic feelings of guilt and shame
• Unexplained triggers
• 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, phobias
• Suffers of complex developmental trauma over their lifetime
• 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 victims

EMDR is meeting with much success all across the country and the world. EMDR is a natural process, it’s your own brain doing the work. You and I will become partners on a journey to help move traumatic and blocked trauma memory. Together we work to transcend and free up the memory, so that you can return to their natural grounded state of being. The goal of this work is to help you heal, so you can return to their life in peace. EMDR is also used in the strengthening of resources and enhancing performance or skills.