Specialty in Integrative Psychotherapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
with Advanced Training in Pain Protocol & Treating Dissociative Clients.
I am an EMDRIA Certified Therapist (EMDRIA Member ID: 55273690).
Are you struggling to recover from a traumatic experience such as an accident, disaster, assault, injury or a death? Have you experienced abuse or neglect at any stage of your life? As a consequence do you find it difficult to trust others, or feel fearful of rejection by others?
Do you feel “on edge”, easily triggered, or “on alert”?
Have you used substances such as alcohol, smoking, or food to soothe or numb your pain?
Trauma can have long lasting effects on all aspects of your life, whether you remember the trauma or not. You might experience medical complications, physical symptoms such as tension or difficulty sleeping, and emotional symptoms such as anxiety, fearfulness, depression or shame. You may also find yourself avoiding situations that remind you of the trauma. You might numb or soothe yourself with food, alcohol, sex or other substances and may not even know why.
What is EMDR?
EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. The standard protocol of EMDR works to reduce or eliminate the effects of trauma (Shapiro, R. (2005) EMDR Solutions Pathways to Healing . New York, N.Y.: W,W. Norton & Company, Inc.).
EMDR is an eight phase approach with protocols that attend to three prongs - past events, current situations that cause disturbances, and future templates for appropriate future action.
From research with this particular form of psychotherapy, EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way the brain processes information. The brain is no longer “frozen” so after an EMDR session, you no longer relive a traumatic experience when it is brought to mind. You will remember what happened, but it is less upsetting.
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