What is EMDR
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a proven and effective intervention used to help individuals to heal from disturbing symptoms of trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, complicated grief, relational issues and more. EMDR can help you heal faster and permanently reduce the impacts of the traumatic event.
EMDR therapy involves activating parts of the disturbing life event or traumatic memory and pairing those parts with back-and-forth bilateral or dual attention stimulation. This process helps resume the normal information processing and integration. The disturbing image will become blurred and lose its emotional charge. When the emotional charge of an image lessens, it’s easier to think differently about the experience. You will feel less powerless, anxious or depressed, and you will sleep better and feel worthwhile again.
Break Free From the Past
If you have experienced something horrible and have developed symptoms such as sleep problems, fears, sadness, powerlessness, or flashback, you may well be helped by EMDR.
EMDR consists of 8 phases that address past disturbing life events and present triggers of the symptoms:
Phase 1: History Taking
We will gather information about your personal history, symptoms, and therapeutic goals to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
Phase 2: Preparation
You will learn stress reduction techniques and coping strategies to ensure you feel emotionally safe and grounded during the therapy process.
Phase 3: Assessment of presenting issues
Together, we will identify specific memories or targets that you wish to reprocess and work on during the EMDR sessions.
Phase 4: Desensitization
This phase involves accessing the targeted memory while simultaneously engaging in bilateral stimulation. This process facilitates the reprocessing of distressing emotions, sensations, and beliefs associated with the memory.
Phase 5: Installation of positive cognition
Positive beliefs and resources are strengthened to replace negative beliefs, fostering a sense of empowerment and resilience.
Phase 6: Body Scan
We will guide you in attending to any residual physical sensations, ensuring that all aspects of the traumatic memory have been fully processed.
Phase 7: Closure
Each EMDR session concludes with an opportunity to restore emotional stability and ensure you feel safe and grounded before leaving the therapy session.
Phase 8: Re-evaluation
At the beginning of each session, we will assess your progress and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.
Targeting a Range of Concerns
EMDR therapy has shown remarkable efficacy in treating a wide range of conditions, including:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety and panic disorder
- Phobias and fears
- Depression and mood disorders
- Childhood trauma and neglect
- Addictions and substance abuse
- Performance anxiety and low self-esteem
- Complicated grief and loss
Begin Online EMDR Therapy
EMDR therapy offers hope for overcoming past traumas and emotional barriers, enabling you to move forward with renewed strength, resilience, and a greater sense of well-being.
If you are ready to begin EMDR therapy, we will evaluate together if EMDR is a good fit for your needs. I’d be honored to speak with you to discuss the many ways I can help you achieve your goals. Follow these steps to begin counseling with me today: