EMDR with Adults
I have witnessed the power of this model of healing, since I began practicing it in 1999.
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach discovered by Francine Shapiro PhD in 1987. Many neuro-psychologists, psychiatrists and trauma specialists have embraced EMDR as a form of treatment because of its effectiveness. Many people have had traumatic experiences. Trauma comes in many shapes and sizes: simple, complex, single, many, continuous, large and small. Currently, I will only be working with simple trauma and performance or self esteem enhancement. Many people, who know about EMDR, do not realize that it can also be used for performance enhancement and to heighten positive memories or beliefs. People often want to know how EMDR is different from traditional psychotherapy. In EMDR, the sessions have a structured format, which involves taking a memory and examining it from many different angles: visually, cognitively, emotionally and physically. The client then lets her/his mind process while using bi-lateral (back and forth) stimulation, for example, s/he may move the eyes back and forth or tap from left to right. In this way, desensitization of the negative effects of the targeted memory occurs. In addition, once the memory of the event has become desensitized, positive statements about oneself are installed. In EMDR, the therapist role is to help the client move through the format and to help if s/he becomes stuck.
For more information, contact EMDRIA, the National Organization for EMDR