What is EMDR …?
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy utilizing Bilateral Stimulation (BLS) – usually in the form of eye movements following visual cues, tapping, or auditory tones in order to accelerate the brain’s own capacity to process and heal a troubling memory, thought, feeling, phobia, etc.
BLS stimulates the same eye movements which occur during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) or dream sleep and allows two parts of the brain to work in conjunction in order to reintegrate a memory in a way that allows new meaning to be taken from the experience, thought, or feeling. Some clients can experience relief or positive effects in just a few sessions.
EMDR is effective in alleviating symptoms related to adverse or troubling life events, thoughts, or feelings, whether the event or concern is current or more recent or occurred many years ago. EMDR often yields desired results with little talking and without homework in between sessions. In some cases it can reduce or limit the need for medication.
So What …?
Sometimes the symptoms we experience as a result of adverse or traumatic experiences have the effect of disconnecting us from ourselves, our most valued relationships, and the world around us. This is often a result of the meaning taken from an experience that continues to shape how we show up in relationships and connect with ourselves and with the world in the present moment.
By reprocessing and finding new meaning in our experiences, we can reduce or even eliminate these symptoms and enhance our ability to live in the present moment, more connected with ourselves and others.
Now What …?
If you are considering taking a next step and aren’t sure, have some questions, or would like to have a curious and open-ended conversation, please reach out and schedule a free 15- minute consult with Danielle. Danielle is artful, attachment-focused, and integrative in her EMDR approach incorporating a variety of modalities and approaches best suited to meet your needs and goals. Danielle is neuro-inclusive and uses EMDR to support clients of all ages.
EMDR can be used to treat a wide range of challenges including:
- Substance use
- Occupational stress injuries
- Childhood adversity
- Adoption challenges
- Birth trauma
- Developmental trauma
- Chronic pain or tinnitus when there is an underlying adverse experience
Contact us to get started or to book your complimentary 15-minute consult to see if EMDR could be a good fit for you!