Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma, as well as many other distressing symptoms. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.
It is a difficult process to explain, but simple to do. The acronym EMDR is now used to refer to all the ways the therapy is delivered: through eye movements, hand buzzers, or audio headphones. To put it simply, EMDR works to alternately stimulate both sides of your brain while I, the therapist, guide you through a series of steps to address the memories causing distressing beliefs and symptoms.
The goal of EMDR therapy is to reduce the long-term effects of trauma and distress, and to instead find better ways to cope with the memories, images, and triggers.
For example, you may experience intense fear when faced with a certain set of circumstances you but you don't know why. Or you have a panic attack when getting on an airplane, even though you've never flown and don't know why you're afraid. These are the types of problems EMDR can help, but EMDR can really be used for any distressing feeling. The idea is to resolve current distressing symptoms by reprocessing related memories from the past (that may not seem related at all at first), and planning on how to address the situation in the future.
There are eight phases to the protocol (a series of steps to follow depending on the presenting problem), which include the client recalling traumatic images while receiving a form of bilateral sensory input, such as eye movements or alternating buzzes from hand-held sensors, while being closely monitored and prompted by me.
I chose to get trained in EMDR because of the undeniable results it provides. While different from talk therapy, EMDR therapy integrates both the technical parts of EMDR with talk therapy in a way that is unique to each person. Once you schedule an appointment, we will create a plan that is specific to your symptoms and needs.