EMDR - Eye Movement Desensensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment which comprehensively identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brain’s natural resilience or coping capacity, and have thereby generated traumatic symptoms and/or harmful coping strategies. Through EMDR therapy, you are able to reprocess traumatic information until it is no longer psychologically disruptive.
There are negative life experiences that can elude your natural processing abilities. Another way to look at this is to consider a splinter lodged in your hand. This foreign object can cause pain and infection. Once removed, the body naturally knows how to heal. Depending on the nature of the trauma, your strengths and developmental stages, and the support available at the time of the traumatic event, some experiences cannot be easily moved or recovered from. This can result in PTSD, Depression, Anxiety. Once processed or removed like the splinter, the natural process of healing from adversity can take place. Your own brain can complete the processing of difficult memories. This results in the reduction of suffering and symptoms and the development of new coping skills that can support psychological health.
I am very passionate about EMDR therapy because of the results I have seen with my clients. To me EMDR is like surgical therapy that allows rapid processing of unresolved trauma, reducing the time in therapy. I am a trained and Certified EMDR therapist through the EMDR Institute and EMDR International Association.