For those that are seeking EMDR or have been referred please read to familiarize yourself with what EMDR is and is not.
I use EMDR with some clients as an effective technique to process experiences or memories. This occurs within a therapeutic relationship and mind-body therapy that utilizes a number of approaches and techniques.
EMDR is not a therapy approach on it's own. For therapy to be effective finding a good fit for you and developing a trusting therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect. EMDR is best practiced in conjunction with more traditional methods of therapy.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is considered a breakthrough technique because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring lasting relief for most types of emotional distress.
Research studies have shown that EMDR is effective in reducing the symptoms of PTSD and resolving memories so that one can experience the memory as a point in the past, rather than active in the present.
The EMDR technique uses bilateral stimulation to activate areas of the brain that would not usually be active when processing an experience or memory. This has been shown through images of the brain during an EMDR session. This suggests that new information and experiences can be accessed throughout the processing of memories or fears and often comes in naturally.
I use the TheraTapper which you hold in each hand and it vibrates from one hand to the other. This provides a tactile bilateral stimulation that assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.
What is involved in the process?
The therapist works gently with the client and asks him/her to revisit the traumatic moment or incident, recalling feelings surrounding the experience, as well as any negative thoughts, feelings and memories. The therapist turns on the TheraTapper at various intervals while the client observes and tracks what emerges.
The studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following conditions:
loss of a loved one
injury of a loved one
witness to violence
victims of violent crimes
performance and test anxiety
anxiety or panic
post traumatic stress
brooding or worrying
EMDR therapy can help clients replace their anxiety and fear with positive images, emotions and thoughts.
What are the Symptoms that can be helped by EMDR?
- High anxiety and lack of motivation
- Memories of a traumatic experience
- Unrealistic feelings of guilt and shame
- Fear of being alone
- Difficulty in trusting others
- Relationship problems
What is the History of EMDR?
Since the initial medical study in 1989 positive therapeutic results with EMDR have been reported with the following populations:
- People who have witnessed or been a victim to a disaster (rape, accidents, earth quakes, fires, murder, gang related violence)
- Clients suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
- Suffers of panic disorders and anxiety attacks
- Suffers of phobias
- Chemically dependent clients
- Persons exposed to excess loss ( loss by death, divorce, loss of a house by fire)
- Crime victims and police officers who were once overcome with violent memories
- Accident or burn victims
Although a fairly new therapeutic technique, EMDR is meeting with much success all across the county. EMDR is a natural process. The client and the therapist become partners on a journey to help move traumatic and blocked energy. Together they work to transcend and free up the energy, so the client can return to their natural grounded state of being. The goal of this work is to help the client heal, so they can return to their life in peace.
How do I know if EMDR is right for me?
There are a number factors to consider when evaluating the appropriateness of EMDR therapy for a client's particular situation and history. During your initial sessions, all the relevant factors will be discussed to help you come to a decision to move forward with EMDR.