EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), developed by Francine Shapiro, is an evidence-based treatment (in other words, it has been thoroughly researched and shown to be highly effective) that offers healing and relief from trauma symptoms. Supported by neuroscience, EMDR uses the brain's natural healing processes to alleviate emotional pain and distressing thoughts and images resulting from stressful and traumatic life experiences. EMDR accesses the parts of the brain where trauma memories have remained stuck, which is why it can be more helpful than traditional “talk therapy.” Plus, you don’t have to recount all of the painful details of your experiences if you don’t want to.
In session, I will invite you to become aware of the negative beliefs, body sensations, emtoions, and images that are linked with the traumatic event. Using "bilateral stimulation" (the use of visual, auditory, or tactile external stimuli occurring in a rhythmic side-to-side pattern), the brain will naturally begin to adaptively reprocess the memory, which in turn reduces anxiety and distress and reformulates negative beliefs.
EMDR can be used for treating trauma, anxiety and panic attacks, depression, phobias, self-esteem, performance anxiety, and more. I am certified in EMDR Therapy by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).