EMDR with Adults
- Do you suffer from Post traumatic Stress Disorder?
- Do you have negative experiences that haunt you, that you can’t seem to get out of your mind?
- Do you find yourself repeating negative thoughts to yourself?
- Do you have a child who has experienced a trauma or still carries a negative impact from an experience?
IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS, EMDR therapy may be right for you. 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. The approach is extremely helpful to people who have experienced trauma and has been used with survivors of Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, the Oklahoma City Bombing, abuse, traumatic losses or accidents and the Vietnam War. It does not have to be a big trauma for EMDR to be helpful, though. Many people have had traumatic experiences. Trauma comes in many shapes and sizes: simple, complex, single, many, continuous, large and small. In all cases EMDR is a useful tool. 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