Tired of being stuck?
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a well-researched model originally developed as a trauma treatment, but is now widely used for treating anxiety, shame, trauma, performance anxiety, and self-doubt.
EMDR can help you release negative thoughts and beliefs about yourself and the world that would keep you stuck.
How does EMDR work?
When a person is very upset or overwhelmed, the brain cannot process information as it normally does. Upsetting or distressing experiences become “frozen in time” with the same thoughts, images, feelings, sounds, smells, and body sensations.
This upset is stored in the brain and can get triggered over and over again, making you feel “stuck.”
EMDR works by helping the brain integrate positive thoughts, beliefs, memories and feelings in the way you perceive yourself in different situations.
Counseling sessions using EMDR help you gain mastery over your inner experience and subsequently reduce physical and emotional stress when you need it most.
The main benefit of EMDR is the speed at which deep-seated problems can be resolved. One study showed that EMDR was “twice as effective in half the amount of time of standard traditional psychotherapeutic care.”
Questions about EMDR:
Is EMDR Hypnosis?
No, there is no hypnosis. You are alert and active during EMDR sessions. Sessions help you bring into focus past experiences and current struggles so that you can resolve these and develop a plan for how to handle similar situations in the future.
How do I know if EMDR is right for me?
There are a number of factors for deciding whether EMDR is right, and part of our initial sessions will help us determine, together, if EMDR might be right for you. But if you have difficulty with worry or brooding, or poor self-image, or anxiety, or performance anxiety, or feelings of guilt or shame, then EMDR would be a good treatment option to consider.
Is EMDR a new therapy?
No, EMDR was developed the late ‘80s by Francine Shapiro and training for therapists has been offered since 1989. Therapists have to be trained specifically in EMDR in order to do it. I have both Level I and Level II training in EMDR through the EMDR Institute, which means I am qualified to do EMDR therapy.