What is it?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a highly effective, research-based psychotherapy treatment proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including, but not limited to, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.
When faced with overwhelming input, our autonomic system accesses and gets stuck in a “freeze" state. This survival instinct has its purpose when it comes to safety in the moment, but when we get left in this state, things such as negative moods, flashbacks, heightened reactivity, fear, and depression can occur, even well beyond the time of the event. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation along with a structured mind-body format to allow the nervous system to complete its organic processing of difficult experiences so as to better minimize the aforementioned distress.
When EMDR is successful, clients move towards healthier and more positive beliefs, feelings, and behaviors.
For more information about EMDR, please go to www.EMDRIA.org.
Who is it for?
As mentioned, research shows that EMDR has a variety of applications, most commonly being the treatment of trauma. If you find you struggle with negative beliefs (about yourself, others, the world, etc.), heightened reactivity, pervasive shame, flashbacks, or simply resonate with this treatment and want to learn more, please feel free to connect with me to discuss.
Important note: whether or not an event is traumatic depends on how it impacts you and your nervous system — not on the nature of the event.
Who I work with:
1. Those interested in beginning individual psychotherapy who I assess to be appropriate candidates for EMDR as an element to our work
2. Those already in individual psychotherapy with a different provider who are seeking adjunct EMDR to supplement their care. If this applies to you, please note that I will request a consent form to collaborate with your primary provider so as to ensure your treatment is robust and comprehensive. With that said, you absolutely have every right to decline.