You may have heard of EMDR through the news, an article or through someone you know, but are asking yourself “what is this?” and “how can it help me?”
Our brain encodes memories with a variety of information: sensations, feelings, thoughts and information about how we experienced ourselves and others in that moment. The way our brain stores memories can have a powerful effect on feeling stuck in past ways of thinking about ourselves and the world.
EMDR helps to reorganize the way the brain interprets the memory, so that we don’t feel so bad about ourselves or the way we interact with others around us. It is not hypnosis and won’t make you forget a bad memory but can help lessen how a past event currently affects you. It can also help you gain greater understanding about what happened to you and decrease feelings of self blame and guilt.
EMDR Therapy is an evidenced based treatment which was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987. Early research determined that Vietnam veterans with PTSD treated with EMDR no longer presented with PTSD following treatment. A 5 year follow up determined that their PTSD symptoms still had not returned. Further studies have shown that EMDR therapy can help resolve concerns in half the time of talk therapy alone.
Now EMDR is used for a variety of different concerns; it can help treat childhood trauma, depression, anxiety, chronic pain and relational difficulties. EMDR is also being used with children and teens to address bullying, puberty, low self esteem and social anxiety.
I am trained in EMDR and am currently working towards certification with a nationally recognized EMDR consultant. I have additionally completed a EMDR Child Specialist training in February of 2019.
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