EMDR is being done virtually at this time due to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing.  Virtual EMDR is very effective and impactful, it brings symptom relief and resolution of trauma, just as in person.

Who Benefits from 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 allows your body's natural healing system make sense of, learn from and integrate previously disturbing events so that they are no longer bothersome.  It is an effective treatment for trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  PTSD and other problems related to trauma can occur after single incident traumas such as natural disasters, assault, robbery, rape, automobile or other accident, medical procedures/surgeries, witnessing violence or the suffering of others, the death of a loved one, and other distressing events.  Individuals can also develop complex PTSD following recurrent traumas such as childhood abuse and neglect, ongoing domestic or emotional abuse, sexual abuse, humiliation, bullying, rejection, and more.  

EMDR is backed by extensive evidence-based research and has provided relief of emotional and psychological distress for millions of people.  EMDR is also used to treat various other mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, OCD, addictions, grief-related problems and more.  Continued research is being done in these areas.  

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:  

A skilled EMDR therapist will begin by gathering information regarding your current struggles and symptoms, past related history, and a clear idea of the changes you would like to make.

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 work specifically on the trauma, the therapist then uses various EMDR protocols that have been researched and established to help you bring an adaptive resolution to the past disturbing event(s).  This means that the trauma no longer is bothersome in the way that it was, and you will have gained new insight and understanding related to the traumatic event(s).  The work is supportive and is designed to facilitate safe psychological and emotional healing from the trauma.  

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.  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: 

 

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.

For more detailed information regarding EMDR psychotherapy and EMDRIA, click here and select options from the Resources tab:  http://emdria.site-ym.com/?

Phone:  301-452-7250

    

Lisa Garcia, MSW, LCSW-C

Psychotherapist/Certified in EMDR

2923-B Olney Sandy Spring Rd.  Olney, MD  20832