Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
"Healing doesn't mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives." - Shah Rukh Khan
What is EMDR Therapy?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a powerful therapy approach that can help you process and heal from traumatic experiences and memories. As an EMDR certified therapist, I've received specialized training and consultation in this approach and have the knowledge and skills to help you work through your trauma in a safe and effective way. EMDR is based on the idea that traumatic memories are stored differently in the brain than other types of memories, and that these memories can get "stuck" in a state of hyper- or hypo-arousal, causing distress and impairment. EMDR helps to reprocess traumatic memories and their accompanying emotions, body sensations, and negative beliefs through a series of eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation (BLS), such as physical taps or sounds. By integrating these experiences, EMDR can reduce the negative impact of trauma on your life.
Aside from trauma, EMDR has become a popular treatment choice for a wide variety of other mental health issues, including anxiety, panic attacks, dissociative disorders, depression, phobias, grief, and more. It's been shown to be quicker and require fewer sessions than traditional talk therapy, with deeper and more long-lasting results.
Risks of EMDR
While there are many benefits to EMDR therapy, there are also risks. Distressing, unresolved memories may surface through the use of EMDR. Some clients may experience high levels of emotional or physical sensations. After the treatment session, the processing of incidents and/or material may continue and dreams, memories, flashbacks, feelings, and sensations may surface. Those with limiting or special medical conditions (pregnancy, heart condition, ocular difficulties, etc.) should consult a medical professional before participating in EMDR.
How Online EMDR Works
Since we won't be meeting face-to-face, there are a few extra steps you’ll have to take.
Most importantly, make sure you're in a private location with no distractions. Headphones are highly recommended for best audio quality and background noise reduction.
Have some items that bring you comfort within reach: a cherished photo, pleasant scents, a stress ball, etc.
You'll be able to choose the type of BLS to use during your reprocessing session:
Eye movements: We'll use a program called ActiveEMDR. Your computer should be at eye level and your screen about 12-15 inches away from your face.
Physical taps: You'll use a technique called the “Butterfly Hug” using your hands. No equipment required!
Sounds: You must wear headphones because the sounds will alternate from ear to ear.
If you’re interested in working with me or want to know more, please send me a message!