I am currently offering both in-person and virtual EMDR therapy, most people benefit from either.

 

Why EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been developed, practiced and researched in clinical settings over the past 30 years.  EMDR is not just a set of procedures, it is a relational and collaborative process between client and therapist.   

 

EMDR allows your body's natural healing system make sense of, learn from and integrate previous life events that are contributing to current life problems.  It is an effective treatment for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and any other problem that are rooted in memory or earlier life experiences:  natural disaster, assault, automobile or other accident, medical procedures/surgeries, witnessing the suffering of others, the death of a loved one, childhood abuse and neglect, ongoing domestic or emotional abuse, racial injustices and repeated micro-aggressions, sexual abuse, humiliation, bullying, moral injury, and more. 

EMDR for the treatment of trauma and PTSD is backed by extensive evidence-based research and has provided relief of emotional and psychological distress for millions of people.  Continued research is being conducted regarding use of EMDR to treat depression, anxiety, OCD and other mental health disorders.  

Video introduction about EMDR, also can be found on the EMDRIA.ORG website link near the bottom of this page:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=27&v=Pkfln-ZtWeY&feature=emb_logo

Phases of Treatment:

EMDR has eight phases of treatment that can be done rapidly or at a slow pace depending on each individual's needs and what is agreed upon between client and therapist.  Not every phase is described here, but rather a general overview of the treatment in brief:  

Relational EMDR therapy is a collaborative process that begins with talking about your current struggles and symptoms, past related history, and formulating a clear idea of the changes you would like to make for yourself.  Next, the work focuses on helping you learn and practice strategies to help you cope with painful and uncomfortable emotions, thoughts and memories as they arise.  

When you and your therapist agree that you are ready to process memories that are connected to the current problem, the therapist then uses various EMDR protocols that have been researched and established to help you bring an adaptive resolution to the past event(s).  This means that what happened in the past is no longer bothersome in the way that it was, and you will have healed and gained new insight and understanding for yourself.  After past events are resolved or "reprocessed," the focus shifts to helping you handle present and future scenarios the way that you would like to, in "present-time" rather than in "trauma-time."   

Finding the Right EMDR Therapist:

It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable, one that is properly trained, and continues to meet certain professional standards. 

The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) is the established organization of mental health professionals that maintains standards of practice, training, and certification requirements for EMDR practitioners with int the United States.   EMDRIA is also involved in maintaining standards within up-to-date EMDR research.   In order to find out if the person you are considering working with has the proper training, some questions to ask include: 

How often do you use EMDR with your clients?  There are clinicians who are trained in EMDR, however it is not their main modality and they are not fluent in EMDR.  An "EMDR therapist" is one who consistently uses the EMDR lens throughout their work with all of their clients.  

 

When were you trained in EMDR and was the training provided by an EMDRIA-approved training institute/consultant?  Clinicians not trained by an EMDRIA-approved body have not received the established "standard" of training.  

Are you receiving ongoing individual or group consultation provided by an EMDRIA-approved consultant(s) or Consultants in Craining (CIT's)?  When therapists receive ongoing consultation with other professionals, they have the opportunity to obtain guidance to more effectively help their clients.   

Are you obtaining EMDR continuing education credits (CEUs) through an EMDRIA-approved resource?  CEU's are acquired through course study and in-person training.  This   helps therapists deepen their knowledge, enhance their skills, and keep up-to-date with standards of practice as well as new research.

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