What is EMDR Therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that integrates elements from multiple treatment approaches, including CBT, psychodynamic, and somatic therapies.
How does EMDR work?
EMDR therapy is based in the understanding that the brain can heal itself. In ordinary circumstances, the brain absorbs information, processes it, and stores it in memory. But when the brain is overwhelmed with difficult experiences, normal processing can be disrupted. This can be a trauma, such as a car accident, but it could also be childhood bullying, lack of supportive parents, or a home that felt unsafe.
These situations can trigger our stress responses, and then, information gets stuck in the nervous system. When that happens, images, thoughts or feelings of the disturbing experience may overwhelm us and leave us feeling as if we are back in that experience. Experiences may not be processed without help.
EMDR helps the brain heal and resume normal processing. We use Dual Attention, keeping the body and mind in the present, while simultaneously accessing the past. Dual Attention allows the brain to understand events in a healthier way and to stop reacting to old material. In EMDR therapy, you are always fully conscious, and in complete control of the treatment.
Clients often say EMDR helps them “match” what their brain knows (e.g., I did the best I could) and what their body feels (e.g., It was all my fault). This matching leads to a sense of resolution and peace.
EMDR has been proven effective for treatment of panic attacks, complicated grief, disturbing memories, phobias, anxiety, stress reduction, trauma, and other problems.
I am an EMDR Certified Therapist and have completed extensive training in EMDR treatment. I use EMDR with most of my clients. For more information on EMDR, please visit EMDRIA.org. Prince Harry has publicly discussed his experience with EMDR.
EMDR sessions can range from 60 to 120 minutes or more. Schedule a complimentary thirty minute consultation to decide what is right for you. EMDR therapy is $225 an hour (I do not take insurance).