Unexpected life events, life crises and trauma can leave a lasting, negative impact on a person, by interfering with both the way one sees the world and the way one relates to others and their environment. These experiences can interrupt one’s ability to be adaptive and self-evolving. EMDR Therapy or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a therapeutic technique that helps individuals work through the distressing emotions and negative thought patterns that are linked to painful past experiences, or traumatic events.
Read more about EMDR from Atlantic Monthly‘s “Can Eye Movement Work Like Therapy?”
EMDR is an innovative approach to psychotherapy that incorporates much of the wisdom of other therapies. EMDR is effective for changing negative thought patterns, emotional reactions, entrenched habits and even physical discomfort that people can’t “think” or “talk” their way out of.
- EMDR is an evidenced-based practice and is known as an effective treatment for post traumatic stress.
- Many clinicians have also reported success using EMDR for panic attacks, complicated grief, disturbing memories, phobias, performance anxiety, as well as for healing from sexual and physical abuse.
- The model on which EMDR is based, posits that the incomplete processing of traumatic or disturbing adverse life experiences impairs one’s ability to integrate these experiences in an adaptive manner.
EMDR is used within a comprehensive treatment plan to promote your recovery from identified difficulties or past traumas. Most often, I integrate EMDR into my overall therapeutic approach which also combines mindfulness-skills training and Gestalt therapeutic techniques.
Additionally, if you are currently in treatment with another therapist, I offer EMDR services as an adjunct to your current form of treatment, and can work with you and your therapist to enhance the progress of your therapy sessions.
Contact me if you are curious about EMDR and would like to discuss if this treatment method might be right for you.