What is EMDR Therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful counseling technique that has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems. Since its discovery, the efficacy of EMDR has been investigated in approximately 20 controlled studies. EMDR therapy has been found effective in decreasing or eliminating the symptoms of post traumatic stress. Clients also reported reduced symptoms of anxiety. The American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and more currently designate EMDR as an effective treatment.
How Does It Work
EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy. EMDR therapy uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain. Therapists often use eye movements to facilitate the bilateral stimulation. The eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep. This portion of sleep is frequently considered to be the time when the mind processes the recent events in the person’s life. Denise incorporates talk therapy and somatically (body awareness) based psychotherapy into her EMDR treatment sessions.
EMDR seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories is such a way that normal information processing is resumed. Denise also uses EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result relational traumas or childhood abuse and/or neglect. For a more detailed explanation please visit EMDR Institute, Inc.
Problems Helped with EMDR
Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress. Clinicians have also reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:
- Panic Attacks
- Sexual or Physical Abuse
- Dissociative Disorders
- Disturbing Memories
- Stress Reduction
None of the above symptoms or experiences fit you?
Do you experience distressing emotions that appear to you, and perhaps to others, to be excessive given the current situation? Do you tend to be highly reactive to certain triggers? Is there one or more dysfunctional belief that you believe about yourself that on an intellectual level you know is not true? If so, you may still be a good candidate for EMDR therapy. Call Denise for a free phone consultation to see if EMDR might help you release what no longer serves you.
Denise Amick, M.S., RYT is a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern who sees private clients at Arya Therapy Services. She also works at two inpatient addictions treatment facilities as both a therapist and a yoga teacher. She holds a masters degree in Counseling and Psychology and has sustained a thirty year yoga practice. Denise’s education, professional background, and having reached mid-life (mostly unscathed) provides her a wide range of life experiences from which to pull and connect more deeply with her clients. If you’d like to contact Denise, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.