I specialize in using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy to help people heal from unresolved traumatic experiences and/or attachment wounding that may hinder their ability to live life fully in the present moment.
When a person experiences and/or witnesses a traumatic event (or series of events), and the brain is not able to fully and effectively integrate the experience, it can become “stuck” or “stored” in such a way that causes problems in their present day. Oftentimes it is these raw and unprocessed trauma(s) that bring people in to therapy needing help to make sense of their past, and better manage current distress. EMDR is a treatment that directly addresses dysfunctionally stored memories of stressful events, that may be keeping you stuck.
EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and other issues. Some of the other issues EMDR has been shown to be effective with include, but are not limited to:
- Panic Attacks
- Complicated Grief
- Disturbing Memories
- Pain Disorders
- Stress Reduction
- Chronic Anxiety
This type of therapy is an established, evidence based practice that combines imagery, mindfulness, and cognitive techniques to meet the client’s treatment needs. The process of doing EMDR therapy usually involves focus on a traumatic or disturbing memory while doing back and forth eye movements, listening to alternating tones, and/or feeling alternating vibrations in your hands. This process enables the brain to resolve emotional trauma and gain insight into the circumstance in a way that is often more effective than traditional talk therapy.
The number of sessions required for this form of treatment varies depending on the issues being addressed. For multiple traumas, or a long history of past abuse, trauma or neglect, EMDR therapy can take considerably longer for resolution of the issues.
To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. I would be happy to schedule a phone consult to find out if this would be the right type of treatment for you.