What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a powerful 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 as well as self-enhancement. Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. 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.
EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies.
EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system.
During your initial consultation with a trained EMDR therapist, all the relevant factors will be discussed in full to help you both come to a decision to move forward with EMDR. In general though, you are an excellent candidate for the EMDR technique if you have...
...difficulty trusting people
...fear of being alone
...lack of motivation
...anxiety or panic
...feelings of guilt or shame
...poor concentration or memory
...explosive or irrational anger
...worrying or brooding
...serious relationship problems
...stage fright or performance anxiety
...obsessive or compulsive behavior
...extreme, unexplainable fears
...depression or disturbing thoughts
...a history of abuse, or sexual abuse
...been the victim of or witnessed a crime or serious accident
...ever experienced a traumatic event
...experience test anxiety
How does EMDR work?
When disturbing experiences happen, they are stored in the brain in its primitive state with all the sights, sounds, thoughts and feelings that accompany it. When a person is very upset, the brain seems to be unable to process the experience as it would normally. Therefore, the negative thoughts and feelings of the traumatic event are "trapped" in the nervous system. Since the brain cannot process these emotions, the experience and its accompanying feelings are often suppressed from consciousness. However, the distress lives on in the nervous system where it causes disturbances in the emotional functioning of the person.
EMDR does two very important things. First, it "unlocks" the negative memories and emotions stored in the nervous system. Secondly, it helps the brain to successfully process the experience.
The therapist works gently with the client, guiding him or her to revisit the traumatic incident. When the memory is brought to mind, the feelings are re-experienced in a new way. EMDR makes it possible to gain the self-knowledge and perspective that will enable the client to choose their actions, rather than feeling powerless over their re-actions.
Vicki Hessler, MA, LMFT
Vicki has a Masters Degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy, and is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Vicki has worked for several years in the mental health field with adolescents with emotional behavioral disorders, and adults with serious and persistent mental illness.
She believes that respect, support, encouragement, and empowerment are fundamental to healing and personal growth for both individuals and or families.
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EMDR generally requires a minimum of 8 sessions to be successful
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EMDR services are set at an affordable rate.