EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is one of the most researched and utilized psychotherapies to treat trauma. Using bilateral stimulation (eye movements, sound, or tapping), EMDR Therapy pairs negative thoughts, feelings and body sensations to address distressing memories and experiences. Sometimes it’s a PTSD diagnosis, but not always. It might look more like anxiety, depression, panic, relationship difficulty, or something entirely different--read on for what EMDR Therapy treats.
Please visit EMDRIA (EMDR International Association) and the EMDR Institute for more information. Oh, and this is a great intro video about EMDR Therapy, too.
EMDR Therapy can treat anything that you feel was/is a difficult life experience. Trauma is a big word that often comes with a lot of connotations and value judgements, which is why I like to say EMDR Therapy can be used to treat any of the negative “loops” that keep coming up over and over again in your life. Also, the Greek root of the word "trauma" literally means "unhealed wound.” How many of us could benefit from healing old wounds?
I'm a Certified EMDR Therapist. I chose to go beyond the basic training that qualifies me to practice EMDR, and engage in a rigorous and detailed consultation process. I work regularly with someone more intensively trained than me to make sure I'm upholding the highest ethical standards and fidelity to the model, because it's important to me that I do the best job possible to support my clients' healing. All of my training was completed with Dr. Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, LMFT and Dr. Jamie Marich, PhD at the Institute for Creative Mindfulness.