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What is EMDR and How Can it Help Me?

Updated: Oct 9, 2019

EMDR is a highly researched therapeutic technique used to significantly reduce emotionally distressing symptoms related to a traumatic experience. EMDR is abbreviated for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Essentially, a clinician who is formally trained in this technique uses the client's (side to side) Eye Movement to help them develop Desensitization toward a traumatic memory related to a specific event. Ultimately, the therapist helps the client Reprocess the event by associating it with a more favorable outcome, so that once the client recalls the traumatic event it no longer evokes the same intense emotion. Instead, once a client completes several successful sessions of EMDR they typically experience diminished intrusive thoughts and feelings associated with the traumatic event. As EMDR has developed, it became known that the crux of the treatment is not so much in the side-to-side eye movement but rather the bi-lateral stimulation of arousing one side of the brain and then the other. In an EMDR session this is done by using auditory, tactile, or the traditional visual stimulation. As a therapist who specializes in trauma processing and boundary setting, I am always on the lookout for effective techniques to help my clients diminish the impact that trauma has had on their lives. As a result, in March 2019 I completed a 40 hour training over the required six month span through

to become officially EMDR Trained.

Since incorporating EMDR into my practice, clients have reported making more progress using EMDR than traditional talk therapy alone. I have experienced clients reporting a significant decrease in their emotional reaction to a previously traumatic event, to the point where one client had almost forgot that the event even occurred! Essentially-she was set free from the intrusive thoughts and negative feelings associated with the event and was able to experience emotional freedom by having a decreased sensitivity towards the event. EMDR is a powerful tool and I am very happy to offer this treatment to my clients. If you, or someone you know has been struggling with symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD-or any of the symptoms listed in the graphic- please feel free to schedule a free 10-minute consultation (located on the SERVICES tab) to see how I can help you alleviate your symptoms to increase optimal functioning in your life.

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