Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a powerful new psychotherapy technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems. Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress.
I use EMDR in an integrated psychotherapeutic approach along with other methods tailored to your needs. I was trained in 2000 and am a Certified EMDR therapist.
WHAT IS EMDR LIKE?
The EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.
As troubling images and feelings are processed by the brain via the eye-movement patterns of EMDR, resolution of the issues and a more peaceful state are achieved.
EMDR is an effective and rapid method for processing disturbing memories and healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies. To see a bibliography of meta-analysis click here.
The American Psychiatric Association has released Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. EMDR is given the same status as CBT as an effective treatment for ameliorating symptoms of both acute and chronic PTSD. In 2010, SAMHSA, a National Registry of Evidence-based practices (NREPP) endorsed EMDR.