What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is the most thoroughly researched method used in the treatment of trauma and PTSD, with a documented track record of success compiled since it began the late 1980’s.
EMDR involves a method of stimulating the right and left sides of the brain (bi-lateral stimulation) to promote integration between the two. This can be done with back-and-forth eye movement, using alternating right and left ear tones, or alternately tapping the right and left knees or shoulders. It employs the dual attention of staying present while accessing past memories, which protects against getting lost in the trauma--a common fear of trauma survivors.
What Happens with EMDR?
When EMDR brings about this right-left brain integration, amazed clients tell me a dramatic shift occurs: a traumatic incident they continually re-live like it was happening right now recedes into the past as a memory of something that is now over. With this shift, they feel that they are no longer continually retraumatized in the present and can finally have their life back! Through EMDR, the traumatic incident is experienced where it belongs—in the past, where it no longer haunts and controls you.
Who can Benefit From EMDR?
EMDR can heal and lead to recovery people suffering from effects of physical, emotional and sexual abuse, PTSD and event traumas (crime, war, calamities, accidents, sudden loss). Other conditions that EMDR has been found to be effective with are general anxiety, performance anxiety, panic attacks, irrational fears, phobias and addictive behavior.
However, EMDR may not be the right approach for everyone. Great care must precede EMDR to assess suitability and readiness. If you are fearful or still emotionally fragile, the preparatory work consists of building your resilience and inner resources to “face the dragon.” An essential aspect is for you to feel safety and trust with the therapist who will be your guide and companion in this challenging but potentially life-transforming journey. Therefore, it is critical that you choose the therapist that you feel a connection with.
Is EMDR For You?If you would like to explore doing EMDR work with me, please contact me for a free, no-obligation 20-minute phone consultation, or send me an email. LGBTQ clients welcome!