EMDR: The Gold Standard for Healing Trauma
EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a powerful therapeutic psychotherapy modality that helps people work through difficult traumatic memories, experiences or limiting beliefs in a rapid and effective manner.
Trauma can be defined as any experience that causes a person to develop a false belief about themselves or the world which keeps them from living to their full potential and causes suffering. EMDR helps people clear the psychological effects, as well as, emotional, cognitive, and physical blockages, of many kinds of traumatic events.
We explore unhelpful or limiting behaviors that originate from traumatic past incidents and then we target, process, and integrate these experiences in a way that enables a person to take on more adaptive, functional and empowered behaviors. This leads to an increase in self-confidence and an ability to deal with whatever may be happening in your life.
EMDR treatment begins with your desire to heal from a trauma, to get over a performance problem, or to deal with a troubling aspect of your life (e.g. relationships and career).
EMDR is a powerful modality for treating many different types of symptoms, some of which include:
- Depression symptoms
- Anxiety symptoms
- Autoimmune/Thyroid disorder symptoms
- Relationship issues
- Creative/Career blocks
What is trauma?
Trauma can be defined into two types, Big “T" and small “t” traumas. A “Big T” trauma is a single incident trauma or life changing event. A “Big T,” would be a single or series of severely traumatic experiences (e.g. war, rape and major accidents).
I specialize in small “t” traumas which are experiences that lessen a person’s self-confidence and affects a person’s ability to deal with life stressors. Small “t” traumas create a perpetual filter that narrow and limit your view of yourself and the world, which impedes your ability to live to your full potential and causes suffering.
Small “t” traumas are a series of traumatic or abusive events that occur over a period of time. Some examples of small “t” traumas include:
- Childhood neglect and abuse
- Verbal abuse from a close family member or authority figure
- Domestic abuse or witnessing domestic abuse as a child
Most people have experienced small “t” traumas and probably do not think of these events as traumatic. However, these subtler and more complicated experiences can shape and unconsciously influence how you are in the world, oftentimes in disempowered ways. Small “t” traumas usually require more EMDR therapy sessions than Big “T” traumas.
Turning trauma into a powerful Transformation
Processing trauma allows for a powerful personal transformation, returning you to a natural balance or wholeness. Just as when you remove dirt from a wound, the body’s natural forces mobilizes to heal injury, likewise, EMDR clears blockages to the body-mind’s natural healing. When wholeness and balance are restored, we are able to experience peace, equanimity, joy, understanding, wisdom, love and compassion.
I specialize in Attachment-Focused EMDR, which is a client-centered therapy for healing childhood trauma and neglect. Through Attachment-Focused EMDR, we are able to fill in for and repair what you may not have gotten or missed as a child or at any meaningful point in your past.
PLEASE, NOTE: Attachment-Focused EMDR is only appropriate for someone who is willing and able to:
- Experience negative emotions and memories
- Show up to therapy on a regular and consistent basis