Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.
What is it?
EMDR stands for Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It’s a mouthful of words but a pretty cool (and very effective!) type of therapy. EMDR therapy was originally developed to treat distress associated with traumatic or stressful life events. Traumatic memories are stored in the brain differently than non-traumatic memories. Essentially, your brain can become overloaded when it experiences an event as trauma, thereby causing a memory, sensation, or emotion to get “stuck” in your brain in a way that causes distress. EMDR therapy utilizes a specific protocol to help folks shift negative beliefs about themselves and re-process stressful or traumatic events. Your brain has the capacity to process information, and it wants to reach safe, adaptive resolution. Sometimes, it needs help doing so, and EMDR therapy is one way to do that. To learn more about EMDR click here or here.
I am a trained in EMDR through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). My clinical experiences include working with complex trauma, PTSD, intensive outpatient alcohol and drug treatment, LGBTQIA+ issues, depression, dissociation, anxiety, and adverse childhood experiences.
My clinical practice has primarily focused on the treatment of adolescents and adults. In collaboration with EMDR therapy, I use a variety of therapeutic interventions and mindfulness techniques to help clients explore how their experiences impact their present. While I might suggest that EMDR would be a good choice for you, you ultimately have the final say on trying it. If you choose to participate in EMDR therapy, you also have the choice to refuse processing during any session. I believe autonomy is important during trauma therapies.
I am able to provide EMDR therapy through virtual and in-person sessions. I utilize a HIPAA-compliant platform that is specific to providing EMDR virtually. I do require that all virtual EMDR be done on larger tablets or a laptop to ensure proper application of techniques. Virtual sessions have the option of visual or auditory stimulation. In-person sessions have the option of visual, auditory, or tactile stimulation.
Experiencing EMDR Therapy
After the therapist and client agree that EMDR therapy is a good fit, the client will work through the eight phases of EMDR therapy with their therapist.Attention will be given to a negative image, belief, emotion, and body sensation related to this event, and then to a positive belief that would indicate the issue was resolved.A typical EMDR therapy session lasts from 60-90 minutes. EMDR therapy may be used within a standard talking therapy, as an adjunctive therapy with a separate therapist, or as a treatment all by itself.