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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

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What is EMDR?

EMDR is a somatic and experiential approach, promoting mind-body harmony and emotional well-being.  It can offer a profound healing experience.  

How does it work?

EMDR is the reprocessing of challenging memories and unhealthy beliefs.  During EMDR sessions, patients are guided through a structured process of bilateral stimulation, typically through eye movements, taps, or sounds.  This promotes connection between the right and left brain that stimulates faster processing, supporting the brain’s natural ability to heal itself.

Is EMDR Therapy Right For Me?

Traditional talk therapy has been helpful for you in understanding your challenges, but you continue to have intrusive worrying thoughts and physical anxiety symptoms even with this insight. Despite your therapy successes, you find yourself overwhelmed by stress, which you suspect is related to childhood experiences in your family home. You may experience frequent headaches, tightness in your chest, and trouble sleeping.  As an EMDR therapist, I recognize that your stress may be stuck in your body due to unresolved childhood trauma. Through EMDR therapy, we can unlock and process these trapped emotions stemming from your past. Together, we'll work to alleviate your physical symptoms and restore balance to your life. 

What Challenges Can EMDR Treat?

EMDR is evidence-based and effective with treating PTSD, Anxiety, OCD, Addictions, Relationship issues, and so many other challenges.  Contact me today to see if this method could be a good fit for your therapy.

What can I expect in EMDR Therapy?

EMDR therapy consists of eight phases, each designed to help you process and heal from past experiences and unlock stress stuck in the body.

Phase 1- History Taking.  This phase focuses on building a trusting relationship with your therapist and understanding how EMDR works. 

Phase 2 - Preparation. This phase involves gathering information about your history and identifying specific memories or physical sensations to target. 

Phase 3 - Assessment. In this phase you'll learn coping skills to manage distress and prepare for the processing work ahead. 

Phase 4 - Reprocessing.  This is the phase where the processing begins, using bilateral stimulation to help your brain reprocess the targeted memories. 

Phase 5 - Installation.  In this phase you'll reflect on your processing experiences and discuss any new insights or emotions that arise. 

Phase 6 - Body Scan.  This phase focuses on strengthening positive beliefs and installing new coping mechanisms. 

Phase 7- Closure.  This phase involves reviewing progress and addressing any remaining distress. 

Phase 8 - Reevaluation.  This phase is about integrating your healing into your daily life and planning for the future. 

With the support of your therapist, EMDR can help you move past stuck points and live a more fulfilling life.

Interested in EMDR? I can help.

I am a licensed board certified psychotherapist with over ten years of experience.  I offer effective EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy. My advanced training in EMDR gives me an in-depth understanding of how to use this method in a safe way to create long-lasting healing.

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