What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is an extensively researched, leading treatment for trauma and PTSD and is also used for a variety of conditions which create dysregulation, including anxiety and depression. EMDR's intent is to change the way the body holds trauma, so that the person is not constantly reliving and replaying the traumatic experience. This may allow the person to be in the present, as opposed to living in a past trauma which continues to repeat the negative beliefs and imagery encoded in the nervous system as unprocessed traumatic experience.
Clinical Psychologist Dr. Laurel Parnell is a leading expert and trainer in AF-EMDR. The following is an excerpt from the Parnell Institute's website.
"Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful and effective therapy for the treatment of trauma. EMDR therapy incorporates eye movements or other bilateral stimulation into a comprehensive approach that processes and releases information trapped in the mind and body, freeing people from disturbing images and body sensations, debilitating emotions, and restrictive beliefs. This revolutionary therapy has helped millions of clients of all ages recover from such traumas as war, accidents, assaults, disasters, and childhood abuse. EMDR has been extensively researched as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and is considered to be an evidence-based therapy.
In addition to the treatment of PTSD, EMDR is also used to treat the psychological effects of smaller traumas that manifest in symptoms of depression, anxiety, phobias, low self-esteem, creativity blocks, and relationship difficulties. Not only does healing occur much more rapidly than in traditional therapy, but as a result of EMDR’s clearing of emotional and physical blockages, many people also experience a sense of joy, openness, and deep connection with others. EMDR is a quantum leap in the human ability to heal trauma and maladaptive beliefs." - (From www.parnellemdr.com) Please see the website for further information on EMDR and Dr. Parnell's Institute.
Can I see you for EMDR work only? Yes. We can incorporate EMDR into our therapy work as a part of our ongoing therapy, or you are able to schedule sessions for EMDR alone.
Does EMDR work for other diagnosis other than PTSD? EMDR can be a part of therapy for a range of issues other than PTSD, and can be a part of resourcing and strengthening positive sources of support in any therapy.
How do I know I am a candidate for EMDR work? In our initial sessions, I will be able to evaluate if EMDR is a good fit for you, and we can discuss the criteria for that together to ensure that you feel comfortable and informed as to the process and nature of EMDR work.