Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
What is EMDR?
EMDR Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that supports the resolution of symptoms and distress related to disturbing or upsetting life experiences. The brain is designed to heal, just as your body knows how to heal a cut. Blocks in your ability to process distressing memories, just like blocks in a cut, prevent your brain from resolving the emotional wound. Removing the block to processing allows healing to occur.
Want to learn more about EMDR Therapy?
Getting Past Your Past By Francine Shapiro
Is EMDR Therapy for Me?
Although EMDR therapy is most known for the treatment of trauma, it has been shown to be effective for. a wide variety of symptoms and concerns, especially when there are underlying trauma or distressing memories.
In my practice, I have found success using EMDR following car accidents, childhood abuse, sexual assault, self esteem issues, anxiety, sleep related challenges, and more.
I am happy to discuss your current concerns and explore whether or not EMDR might be a fit.
What's the eye movement part?
EMDR uses bilateral stimulation (i.e. alternating sides) to create "dual attention" as the client will focus on both the external stimulus as well as the internal distressing memory. Eye movements, guided either by hand or a light bar, are most often used and researched, but tapping and auditory stimulation can be used as well.
Specialized Trainings Completed
EMDR Basic Training , Weekend 1 and 2; with Alicia Avila at the EMDR Institute
Memory Reconsolidation, The Flash Technique and EMDR; with Philip Manfield at the EMDR Institute
Traumatic Attachment to a Perpetrator using EMDR Therapy; with Roger Solomon and Onno Van der Hart at the EMDR Institute