What is EMDR?
Trauma can have a lasting effect on the brain and body, causing distress in the form of depression or anxiety. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) aims to heal those “stuck places,” allowing individuals to move forward with less distress and emotional pain. EMDR is one of the most effective evidenced-based treatment modalities for treating trauma. It can also be effective for those who feel like they have hit a wall in traditional talk therapies.
What can it help with?
I offer EMDR to help with:
Grief and loss
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
What does a session look like?
During a session of EMDR, the client brings up a distressing or negative event. The therapist then guides the client to notice negative beliefs about one’s self, negative thoughts, or unpleasant sensations in the body. At this time, the therapist begins to utilize Bilateral Stimulation (stimulation that goes through both sides of the body) through vibration, sounds, or back and forth eye movement.
Bilateral Stimulation allows the client to process trauma safely while accessing information from a deeper level in the brain for more integrated healing. There is time left at the end of session to ensure that a client is able to leave the therapy room feeling connected to themselves and safe to continue their day.
I offer EMDR services. I have completed Part 1 EMDR training from a certified EMDRIA trainer.