What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of therapy that helps memories get integrated into our long term memory system. By helping this process we reduce trauma, depression, anxiety and many other psychological symptoms.
EMDR is an evidence based treatment for trauma
Trauma is any moment in time when the body and brain encode an experience as being threatening to it’s system. Trauma can be …
- Eyes filled with anger looking at you with contempt
- When you reach out your arms to someone and they reject you
- When you say no and someone pushes their yes on you
- Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Emotional Abuse
- Unintentional neglect, when your parents try their best and they still don’t get YOU
How Does EMDR work?
EMDR uses bilateral stimulation, which means using our right and left brains, EMDR works similar to the REM (rapid eye movement) cycle when we sleep. When we are sleeping our brain is working hard to make sense of everything that happened to us during the day. It takes memories and decides if they are needed in short term memory for easy recall or put them in long term memory as reference.
How can EMDR help?
If you are experiencing feelings of sadness and worry, EMDR can help reduce the pain you are experiencing. If you have a hard time letting go of the past, EMDR can untangle that constant nagging of guilt and shame that you keep experiencing.
Some people don’t realize that past experiences have a direct impact on the feelings of depression and anxiety that you are experiencing today. With the process of EMDR, you can discover if there are memories that are still holding you back from feeling at ease.
“trauma treatment means untangling the brain’s memory associations to the past ineffective experiences and encoded beliefs; and bringing your whole being to the current experience with love and compassion.”
I have worked with individuals on a one-to-one basis as well as in group settings. I ran groups in a psychiatric hospital, out-patient settings, and most currently in a private practice setting.
I’m passionate about healing our souls, don’t let the past trap you. Let me show you how.