EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
"EMDR is the most revolutionary, important method to emerge in psychotherapy in decades." (Herbert Fensterheim, Ph.D, Cornell University)
I have found EMDR to be one of the most effective healing tools for a wide variety of issues. It is a simple and highly efficient method for healing traumatic memories as well as creating positive "future templates" for specific areas of life. It has been extensively utilized and researched for over 20 years. Originally developed to treat PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), it has also been found to be effective in dealing with a wide range of emotional conditions, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and persistent negative beliefs about ourselves.
How EMDR Works :
"... EMDR induces a fundamental change in brain circuitry similar to what happens in REM sleep...This helps the individual understand and integrate the memories within the larger context of his or her life experience."
Robert Stickgold, PH.D, Harvard Medical School
When we experience traumatic or disturbing events a "charge" is created which can become lodged in the nervous system and then triggered by any number of situations we encounter. This can lead to PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), anxiety, depression and other painful emotional responses. Even seemingly less significant events can create a charge which can adversely affect our lives and relationships.
The EMDR process involves the use of bilateral stimulation (both sides of the body and brain), either through eye movements or a tapping device held in the hands, while at the same time recalling the memory. This facilitates the processing and release of the disturbing emotional response. The EMDR process respects the pace of the client and is done in a safe and supportive environment, utilizing calming techniques to make the process as comfortable as possible. There is a specific protocol for conducting an EMDR session and it is important to be guided by a trained professional.
EMDR is a holistic therapy addressing the physical, mental and emotional components of the stressful memories. Additionally, EMDR can be utilized to enhance the sense of well-being, creativity and other positive qualities and experiences.
Examples of conditions which may be resolved through EMDR therapy:
~ Stress due to medical issue
~ Childhood trauma
~ Divorce or relationship break-up
~ Victim of violence
~ Accident or injury
~ Witnessing a traumatic event
~ Ongoing painful situation
~ Persistent negative patterns of thinking and behavior
~ Enhancing creativity through working with creative blocks
~ Improving relationships, health, and other areas of life through creating a positive "future template"
Common Results of EMDR Therapy:
After processing the disturbing memories using EMDR, clients commonly report that although the memory remains, it is no longer disturbing or painful. As a result they often experience one or more of the following:
~ Greater sense of well-being and relaxation
~ Increased energy
~ Enhanced confidence and self-esteem
~ Improved relationships
~ Enhanced spiritual connection
~ Deeper self insight