Do you feel like something from your past is still affecting you more strongly than it should?
A loss or traumatic event that hit you hard and you can't seem to recover?
Perhaps you hold onto a negative self-belief that holds you back--and you really wish you could let go of it.
EMDR is a type of therapy that helps you reduce the intensity of those memories, thoughts and beliefs.
How EMDR Works
EMDR Therapy uses a technique that gets both sides of your brain to communicate with each other.
Why is this important?
When you experience trauma, the left side of your brain shuts down and the right side processes it.
The left/logical side of your brain can analyze and talk about the event, but that doesn't tap into the right side--where you experienced the trauma.
When both sides of the brain are activated, you're able to reprocess memories and heal traumatic memories and beliefs in way that's more effective than just thinking or talking about it.
EMDR Therapy Can Treat:
- Panic attacks
- Poor Self-Image
- Relationship Issues
Starting EMDR Therapy With Me
What's It Like?
When we start working together, I'll make sure we're focusing on the issue(s) that are at the root of your discomfort. I get to know your unique situation, and the specific ways those traumatic memories are affecting you.
As we begin to explore the issues that brought you to therapy, I incorporate a series of eye movements into the session to activate communication between both sides of your brain.
Here's an example:
Let's say you were in a car accident. Now, every time you get in a car, you recall the accident and have a rush of anxiety. Sometimes, it's hard to drive without feeling intense fear and worry.
If you had to rate the negative effect the memories on a 0-10 scale, you'd give it a 9 or 10.The goal of EMDR is to turn that dial down as low as possible.
I've used EMDR therapy to treat so many types of peoples with varying issues and struggles over the years; first responders, active duty military & veterans, victims of assault and crime, people who wanted to overcome childhood trauma or past relationship pains are a few that come to mind.
Although everyone's situation is different, EMDR therapy continually proves to be a safe and effective way to treat the effects of trauma in a short period of time.
You may start to notice an improvement after the first few sessions.
As we work together, the intensity of the traumatic memory and emotions attached to it begin to decrease.
Through a series of sessions, you will start to have a different experiencing of your traumatic memories. You'll notice that they don't have the same affect on you as they once did--almost like they're losing their power. It's feeling of relief and peace that offers hope for a future free of the intense pain you used to feel.
The memory is still there, but your reaction to it is different.
It doesn't have the same power over you as it once did. The intensity score of 9 or 10 might decrease to a 1 or 2. The memory fades into the background instead of being front and center.