Susan Tschudi, LMFT - Marriage and Family Therapist - Westlake Village, CA
EMDR -Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

What is EMDR?
Eye 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 effectively.

What problems are helped by EMDR?
Studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following
* trauma
* fears
* anxiety
* childhood trauma
* phobias
* physical abuse
* sexual abuse
* rape
* victims of violent crimes
* post traumatic stress
* depression
* overwhelming fears
* panic attacks
* low self-esteem
* performance and test anxiety

How Does EMDR work?
The 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

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