Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a highly effective and efficient evidenced-based approach for trauma treatment. Trauma treatment is not just about being physically or sexually abused. It is also for individuals who were in a car accident, bullied as a child and/or had parents/caregivers who were mean or belittling. When we go through an experience that has a negative impact on us, we tend to form negative beliefs about ourselves based on the incident. These negative beliefs are what drives our behaviors and how we interact with the world. Our negative beliefs also have the ability to increase anxious and depressive systems.
Does this sound familiar to you; I'm not good enough, I'm not safe, I am going to die, I am powerless, I don't deserve to be loved, I am inadequate, I am responsible, or I don't matter? If it does, you may be a good candidate for EMDR therapy.
EMDR therapy is a holistic approach-based therapy, that uses bilateral stimulation, i.e., eye movements or alternative tapping to reduce distress caused by trauma or adverse experiences. EMDR reduces the distress caused by these incidents by focusing on the negative beliefs and the experiences that led to them. After the completion of EMDR therapy, you will view yourself in a more positive way.
ANYONE EXPERIENCING THE FOLLOWING WOULD BENEFIT:
Counseling and support
Your Therapist will explain the therapeutic process of EMDR in detail. If you or your therapist have any reservations to utilizing this treatment modality, it will not be administered.
No. During EMDR processing, you are present, awake and fully in control of the process.
One of the amazing benefits that separates EMDR from talk therapy, is that it does not require you to tell every detail about what happened to you.
Yes. It takes time and energy to find the "right" therapist so it makes since you wouldn't want to do anything to jeopardize that therapeutic relationship. You can participate in EMDR with us while also having a separate therapist. Some of our clients are referred by their primary therapist and after the completion of EMDR therapy, return to resume their therapy.
Yes, because you are fully awake and present, emotions and sensations may come up during processing. However, you will be prepared and safely managed by the clinician during processing.
No and just like with any treatment modality, EMDR will not be appropriate for everyone.
For some clients, the amount of time spent completing EMDR therapy takes less time than traditional talk therapy. However, the length of treatment is dependent upon several factors and is different for each individual. Some clients have noticed relief after their first session.