What is EMDR Therapy?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
Extensive research has shown that it is highly recommended for PTSD, trauma, addiction and other disorders such as depression and anxiety.
EMDR is a world-wide evidenced-based trauma therapy that brings true healing, not just coping. We will work on decreasing triggers, eliminating distress that is stuck in the nervous system and releasing the looping, negative beliefs and memories.
Most of the people I work with have been in traditional talk therapy for many years. This is when I get excited to tell them EMDR is very different than talk therapy. EMDR is a non-talking therapy that accesses all parts of the brain. Traditional talk therapy accesses the left side of our brain where reason, language, logic, etc. is stored.
Research has shown us that EMDR accesses ALL parts of the brain for
true, long-lasting healing.
There are all different types of trauma. Some traumas are blatant and obvious such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, natural disasters or car accidents. Other traumas are more "subtle" or less visible such as bullying, childhood emotional neglect, having a parent with a substance abuse disorder or trauma from betrayal. Trauma leaves a deep and lasting impact on our nervous system and become the living legacy of our depressive, anxiety and post-traumatic stress symptoms.
Complex trauma are events that we experience over and over again. These repeated traumatic events can be childhood sexual, physical or physical abuse, domestic violence, addiction or having a parent that was emotionally unavailable.
Other types of trauma are considered a single event trauma. The isolated traumatic event occurred one time and could be a sudden death of a loved one, accident, sexual assault, natural disaster, or the Coronavirus.
EMDR trauma therapy can be incorporated to heal from past traumas whether they are obvious or subtle traumas.
There is no one who is untouched by the Novel Coronavirus.
This is uncharted territory but we know that the effects of this epidemic is lasting. The catastrophic impact of COVID-19 has brought immense trauma to first responders and families who have lost a loved one. Many of us also experience isolation, depression, the instability of finances, and fear of the future.
You may have experienced nightmares, insomnia, hopelessness, or panic as a result of the pandemic. There is hope for healing from these catastrophic events. You and I will address these problems so you can move on to live your life with a sense of peace, joy and happiness once again.
In our work together, we will build your skills to resolve these uncomfortable emotions, thoughts, and feelings.