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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.  

Trauma Therapy

Depression, anxiety, insomnia and panic are emotions you know too well.  There is a reason for this.  These symptoms are the living legacy of trauma.  

The things that hold us back in life are most often related to unresolved traumas.  
Without warning, you can experience an intense and sudden overwhelming emotional response that sends a surge through your body and knots in your stomach.  

These intense and sudden feelings of fear can be overwhelming and linger throughout your day.  You feel alone in your thoughts and aren’t sure how to move past your past. 

Depression, irritability, insomnia, loss of interest, panic attacks, nightmares and flashbacks are just some of the confusing, scary emotions and symptoms that trauma survivors experience.  

Physical and psychological trauma is rampant in our society and unfortunately, it stays within your nervous system and make life extremely difficult.  

If you’re looking to find healing from trauma and create a new life in the present, EMDR therapy might be exactly what you need.  


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EMDR Intensives

Healing from past events

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