EMDR -Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
What is EMDR?
Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a psychotherapy
technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from
trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many
other emotional problems. EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of
its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most
types of emotional distress.
People who suffer from anxiety or distressing memories, nightmares, insomnia, abuse or
other traumatic events gain relief from EMDR. Research shows that EMDR is rapid, safe and
effective. EMDR does not involve the use of drugs or hypnosis. It is a simple,
non-invasive patient-therapist collaboration in which healing can happen
What problems are helped by EMDR?
Studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following
* childhood trauma
* physical abuse
* sexual abuse
* victims of violent crimes
* post traumatic stress
* overwhelming fears
* panic attacks
* low self-esteem
* performance and test anxiety
How Does EMDR work?
EMDR technique does two very important things. First, it "unlocks"
the negative memories and emotions stored in the nervous system, and second, it
helps the brain successfully process the experience.The
EMDR technique uses a natural function of the body, rapid eye movement, or REM,
as its basis. The human mind uses REM during sleep time to help it process
daily emotional experiences. When trauma is extreme, this process breaks down
and REM sleep doesn't bring the usual relief from distress. This is where EMDR
comes in. EMDR is the next step or, you might say, an advanced stage of the REM
processing. As troubling images and feelings are processed by the brain via the eye
movement patterns of EMDR, resolution of the issues and a more peaceful state
are soon at hand.
What type of training does a therapist need to practice EMDR?
Only licensed mental health professionals (including marriage and family therapists) who have received specific training and certification can practice this highly specialized method.The certification is necessary for therapeutic
effectiveness and client safety. I have received Level II certification in EMDR.
What is the benefit of EMDR?
The short-term benefits of EMDR is
simple and straightforward - the immediate relief of emotional distress and the
elimination of the debilitating effect of unresolved past trauma. Longer-term
benefits of EMDR therapy include the restoration of each client's natural state
of emotional functioning. This return to normalcy brings with it a greater
sense of personal power, more rewarding relationships and a more peaceful life.
For more information on EMDR or for answers to any questions contact me:
Telephone: (805) 557-0405