As a licensed psychotherapist who has worked extensively with trauma since 1990, I have found EMDR to be the most effective form of therapy in helping people to resolve traumatic experiences. While the concept of trauma is typically associated with experiences such as sexual abuse, combat, natural disasters, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it also can be applied to other negative events that one hasn’t been able to work through and fully resolve.
As a trauma specialist I use EMDR to rapidly resolve experiences such as:
- sexual abuse, including date rape
- physical or emotional abuse
- panic attacks
- upsetting memories, flashbacks & nightmares
- divorce or relationship breakup
- miscarriage or abortion
- PTSD & war trauma
- death of a significant person or pet
- motor vehicle accident
- grief and loss
- medical or workplace trauma
I confidently rely on EMDR Therapy for the following reasons:
EMDR helps one access and activate one’s intrinsic healing process. Many have referred to this natural healing ability as the “inner healer.” I believe that EMDR allows one to rapidly resolve trauma that is believed to reside within one’s body – whether we consider that to be one’s nervous system, one’s chakras, one’s energy field, etc. When we are able to desensitize and reprocess painful experiences, we integrate and resolve them. Even though we still remember the experiences, they cease to be disturbing. EMDR doesn’t just reduce symptoms, it resolves trauma at its core level.
EMDR is a time-efficient treatment option. While the length of treatment will vary depending on the nature, severity and amount of the trauma, many clients achieve significant healing and resolution of a particular trauma during their first ninety minute EMDR session.
The therapeutic effectiveness of EMDR therapy is well documented and has been verified by numerous clinical research studies. I have found it effective in addressing the full range of symptoms associated with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These symptoms typically include: reliving the traumas (flashbacks, nightmares), avoiding (people, thoughts or situations that remind one of the traumatic event) and increased arousal (startling easily, hyper-vigilance).
Some clinicians use EMDR Therapy as a treatment all by itself. I have found that it most effective when used in conjunction with other research supported therapy methods.
EMDR can be extremely helpful when treating grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and panic attacks.
Please feel free to contact me for a free phone consultation.