Trauma comes in many forms and plays a role in the formation of unhealthy patterns of thoughts or behaviors. These memories are stored deep within our bodies and can be experienced as pain, inflammation and fear. Hurt is not created alone, and if you are in need of healing, it will require the support of others. I enjoy partnering with people through this process. I have an understanding of the impact of trauma and how it can manifest in our minds and bodies. I support my clients using evidence-based modalities (TF-CBT and EMDR) to address trauma and how it presents individually.
EMDR is a technique that uses bilateral stimulation to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. Its purpose is to help you heal from trauma, or other distressing events, that keep you stuck in emotional suffering. It was first used in treating PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), but it has proven to be helpful in treating anxiety, depression and other disorders. I have used EMDR with people of all ages, including children.
EMDR targets how we store and process memories in the brain. It uses bilateral stimulation in the form of eye movements, tapping or sound, to complete the processing of traumatic or distressing memories. EMDR involves minimal talking but supports the brain's natural ability to heal itself and re-establish a healthy stress-response. This is very different than talk therapy, which addresses the thoughts, emotions and behaviors affected by traumatic memory.
EMDR is an 8-step process. It involves learning tools to keep your body calm and targeting a traumatic memory to create a plan for processing. When processing begins, I explain to my clients that it feels like a daydream where you follow your train of thought while you are tapping or engaging in eye movements. During this time, unprocessed emotions are revealed, and bilateral stimulation will process them to facilitate healing.
EMDR therapy can be used within standard talk therapy or as a treatment all by itself. I can partner with you if you have an outside therapist that has recommended you would benefit from EMDR.
If you are interested in learning more about the history, process and efficacy of EMDR, please visit https://www.emdria.org/about-emdr-therapy/ or watch the youtube video linked below.