I am a Fully Trained EMDR therapist which means I completed a 50 hour EMDR Therapist Training Course (20 hours of didactic, 20 hours of practicum & 10 hours of consultation).
EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy approach intended to treat psychological disorders, to alleviate human suffering and to assist individuals to fulfill their potential for development. EMDR alleviates presenting symptoms, decreases distress from past events, creates improved view of self, relieves bodily disturbance, and resolves present and future anticipated triggers.
EMDR is used in the treatment of: PTSD, Sexual Abuse, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Grief, Depression, Addictions, Anger, Eating Disorders, Body Image Problems, Pain, Phobias, OCD, Sleep Problems, Low Self-Esteem etc.
This is usually how I explain EMDR to clients:
Often, when something traumatic happens (anything that overwhelms our bodies ability to cope) it seems to get locked in the nervous system with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, feelings, and so on.
Since the experience is locked in, it continues to be triggered whenever a lot of negative emotions come up, such as fear and helplessness that we cannot seem to control. These are really the emotions connected with the old experience.
EMDR uses bilateral stimulation (very similar to what our brain does in REM sleep) to help us process through the unconscious material.
I always tell my clients that EMDR can be very hard and exhausting, but that it truly can help the “knows” of their lives become a “feel.”
We can “know” all day long that we are worthy of being loved…
When we truly feel that we are worthy of being loved…well…
That Changes Everything.
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