What is EMDR? www.emdr.org
EMDR stands for (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
It is a proven, effective treatment to address trauma, complicated grief, symptoms of anxiety, depression, and phobia.
This intervention honors the strong connection between the mind and the body.
Through my work as a therapist I meet many clients who come to my office reporting physical discomforts not related to a medical condition, along with disturbing feelings and thoughts when facing specific situations. These challenges often kept them from living they life they wanted. Most of them had engaged in psychotherapy previously but did not “feel” that they were able to “move on” from the way they were feeling.
Working with these clients motivated me to learn about the work done by Francine Shapiro (Developer of EMDR) http://www.emdr.com/francine-shapiro-ph-d/ and pursue certification.
Through my training, I learned a different approach to help my clients overcome the effects of trauma.
Exposure to trauma affects the individual’s availability to develop a healthy sense of belonging, self-esteem, confidence, and safety. In consequence, the individual could be prevented from developing healthy skills or ways to handle the matters of daily life. EMDR is a powerful intervention to help individuals to quickly overcome the effects of trauma and reconnect with themselves physically and emotionally.
How does EMDR work?
It uses sensory stimulation, which could be auditory, visual, or tactile (tapping, light bar).
EMDR generally takes multiple sessions, and I recommend that we allow 1.5 hours to engage in a session. Clinicians use protocols during sessions including: past memories, present disturbance, and future actions. All of these protocols are followed while implementing sensory stimulation.
Please refer to http://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/ for further information.
Can anyone benefit from EMDR?
Not everyone can start working on EMDR right the way. This is something to discuss with me during our assessment and work together.
Can I see you to work on EMDR only?
Yes. Some clients are referred to me only to engage in EMDR who are working with another psychotherapist not trained in EMDR.