What is EMDR?
EMDR, as with most therapy approaches, focuses on the individual’s present concerns. The EMDR approach believes past emotionally-charged experiences are overly influencing your present emotions, sensations, and thoughts about yourself. As an example: “Do you ever feel worthless although you know you are a worthwhile person?”
EMDR uses rapid sets of eye movements to help you update disturbing experiences, much like what occurs when we sleep. During sleep, we alternate between regular sleep and REM (rapid eye movement). This sleep pattern helps you process things that are troubling you.
EMDR replicates this sleep pattern by alternating between sets of eye movements and brief reports about what you are noticing. This alternating process helps you update your memories to a healthier present perspective.EMDR uses a set of procedures to organize your negative and positive feelings, emotions, and thoughts, and then uses bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or alternating tapping, as the way to help you effectively work through those disturbing memories.
It is not necessary to talk about all the details of your experiences for them to be processed
Emotions and sensations may come up during processing; I will prepare you will for this, and I will help you safely manage them. Once they are processed, they rarely come back!
EMDR is not like hypnosis. During EMDR processing, you are present and fully in control
EMDR can effectively treat many issues, including:
- Obstacles to grief
- Crisis and acute trauma
Begin your healing journey today!