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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing


 

EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING (EMDR)

EMDR is a counseling intervention that was initially developed, and has been found to be effective, for persons who are struggling with the effects of trauma in their life.  The intervention was discovered by Francine Shapiro and assists clients to heal the painful sensations, thoughts and emotions that often result from experiences of trauma.  EMDR has also been successful in helping people release the negative beliefs that keep them from thriving in life.

EMDR uses bilateral stimulation (e.g., moving the eyes back and forth, tapping the right and left knees, or listening to music that moves between the right and left ears, etc.) to unlock painful images, sounds, and emotions in the nervous system.  Research has shown that EMDR is an effective treatment for reducing disturbing emotional experiences, releasing debilitating thought patterns, and developing a person's coping skills.  

In addition to treating trauma with EMDR, I also offer EMDR for the following concerns:

  • Anxiety and phobias
  • Performance anxiety or difficulties
  • Obstacles that keep you from creating the life you want
  • Coping with illness, chronic pain, and medical trauma
  • Complicated grief

For more information on EMDR, I invite you to link to and review the following web sites:

EMDR Institute, Inc.
EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
Video Introduction to EMDR as presented on 20/20

Healing Trauma with EMDR
Trauma Expert, Bessel Van der Kolk, talks about the benefits of EMDR in trauma therapy