What the heck is EMDR, anyway?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that helps people heal from the symptoms and emotional pain that are the result of disturbing life experiences.

Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy, people can quickly experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.

EMDR can be used for a variety of issues: anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, and many other problems.

With EMDR, we uncover the negative beliefs that you have about yourself and work to shift those to positive beliefs. We all have negative scripts running in the back of our heads, usually without even knowing it. For example… I am powerless could change to I have controlI am not safe to I am safeI am not worthy to I am worthyI don’t deserve love to I am loveable. This shift in beliefs can completely alter how we feel about ourselves and how we move in the world.

EMDR can be used in many different ways. It can be used in long term therapy to work through past traumas or negative life experiences. It can also be used for brief intensive therapy for a recent traumatic event.

I have used EMDR as an adjunctive (additional) treatment to other kinds of therapy. For example, sometimes other therapists refer their clients to me for a short time to work through a traumatic issue that has been a sticking point for other kinds of therapy. Once the client and I have worked through the concern, the client continues with their previous therapist.

I can also use EMDR on and off throughout our time together. We can use EMDR therapy for certain issues and use other kinds of therapy for other concerns.

What if I don’t want to do EMDR?

No problem! If for any reason you’re not into EMDR, we will move on to a different therapeutic modality. I have been teaching, learning, and doing this therapy thing for a long time, so my skill set is as wide and as deep as the ocean!

How can I learn more about EMDR?

You can go to this link and watch a video on EMDR.

You can also read more about EMDR in Dr. Francine Shapiro’s (the creator of EMDR) book called “Getting Past Your Past.”