As a Certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant-In-Training, I have found EMDR therapy to be an incredibly powerful tool for healing painful experiences. Here is some information that briefly describes EMDR therapy.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an evidenced-based psychotherapy treatment originally developed by Francine Shapiro to help people heal from traumatic and distressing life events. Symptom relief is achieved through the processing through of these disturbing events, as well as the emotions, body sensations, images, and negative beliefs associated with them. The technique involves a combination of free association and some form of bilateral stimulation, which may unlock the mind’s own capacity to heal. I am a Certified EMDR therapist, and I also provide professional consultation to other therapists who are in the process of getting certified.
EMDR therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for:
- Anxiety, worry, phobias
- Low self-esteem
- PTSD symptoms, including nightmares, flashbacks, avoidance, hypervigilance
- Addictions or compulsive behaviors
- Eating disorder symptoms
- Relational trauma, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse
- Performance anxiety
- Sleep problems
Many of my clients tell me that they know at some level that their fears may not be in line with their current situation, but they don’t feel it. They find themselves feeling stuck and frustrated, often resulting in self-criticism and judgement. This is especially true for clients who have been in years of traditional talk therapy and have a sophisticated understanding of their experiences yet still feel overwhelmed by their emotions. EMDR therapy supports wholeness and integration in that it bridges the gaps between the emotional, cognitive, and somatic experiences that often become fragmented during a traumatic or difficult experience.
Through EMDR therapy, the past can be left in the past so that one can be more present in the here and now. This healing also helps people to tap into their inner resources and resilience. I especially like EMDR therapy because it validates feelings and often leads to compassion for oneself and others.
I have a special interest in and commitment to making EMDR therapy accessible to people who have experienced oppression and marginalization based on who they are in the world. EMDR therapy can help reduce the suffering and internalized oppression that often results not only after specific traumatic incidents, but after a lifetime of repeated microaggressions. This healing can be a radical act towards wholeness, resilience, self-acceptance, and empowerment.
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