Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
What is EMDR Therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful psychotherapy that has helped over an estimated two million people of all ages relieve psychological distress.
The goal of EMDR is to reduce the impact of disturbing memories and to assist in the development different coping skills. It consists of 8 phases and each one has a specific purpose in therapy. The idea is to recall a memory while moving their eyes back and forth (bilateral sensory stimulation). It was primarily developed to treat PTSD but it is also successful in treating other conditions.
EMDR is a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new way.
What kind of problems can EMDR treat?
Scientific research has established EMDR as an effective treatment for PTSD. However, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:
• Pain disorders
• Performance anxiety
• Painful Memories
• Sexual and/or Physical abuse
• Body dysmorphia
• Personality Disorders
I completed my basic training in EMDR in July 2015 and became EMDRIA Certified in EMDR in May 2017. I am also a consultant in training, sharing my skills and expertise with therapists new to EMDR as I work toward my EMDRIA Approved Full Consultant Status. I’ve taken the time to attend and provide multiple trainings on EMDR and Addictions, with focus on specific ways to use bilateral stimulation to address triggers and urges associated with addiction and other compulsive behavior.
In March of 2018 I participated in the First EMDR and Addictions Virtual Addictions Summit. I learned first hand from the developers of Addiction Specific EMDR interventions and I’m please to bring these highly specialized skills to my practice! These skills can be used with most problematic or compulsive behaviors.