EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a non-traditional therapy using your brain’s natural ability to heal itself, much like your skin heals itself when you have a cut. However, if there is a foreign object in the cut, the wound doesn’t heal properly and pain and sensitivity may be ongoing. Your brain is similar – fears and negative beliefs can keep you stuck, where the slightest “bump” brings back the pain all over again and continued trauma and negative experiences deepen the wounds. EMDR works to remove the blocks to healing, much like removing foreign matter from physical wounds; then healing moves at a much faster pace. There is real change that occurs in the neurological system.
Whether you are looking for help for a single life event or an ongoing pattern of problems, EMDR can be helpful. Clients often experience an immediate reduction in symptoms through EMDR resourcing and processing, and healing moves much faster than in ordinary talk therapy. Once root causes and touchstone events are cleared, other negative events along the same neural pathway often resolve quickly, for lasting relief. Then we can continue working together to help you develop other areas of your life, such as relationships, career, social connection, and more.
EMDR was first developed in the 1980s to treat symptoms of PTSD, for trauma and events held in explicit memory, or memory that is easily recalled. Experts have further developed the application of EMDR to address complex trauma and neglect from the early months and years of life, where memory is unable to be recalled directly but is stored in the right brain in implicit memory. EMDR works by helping move memory to a more functional part of the brain where it is experienced as being in the past, rather than experiencing the symptoms in the present. EMDR is an evidence-based treatment that has been effectively applied to Trauma, Anxiety, OCD, Depression, Eating Disorders, Grief, Addictions, Relationships, Attachment Disorders, Chronic Pain and much more. One of the things I enjoy about my work is continually expanding my knowledge in this field and bringing it to my clients, in creative treatment approaches that help them not only feel better (reducing the symptoms), but that address the root causes of the symptoms so they can experience long-term change and healing.
EMDR is recognized as a highly effective treatment by the American Pyschiatric Association, the World Health Organization, and the Department of Defense.