Just as the body has a natural inclination to heal itself, so does the brain.
When the body is injured, it heals over a wound even if there is a foreign object, like a wooden splinter, embedded within. This can lead to ongoing issues and complications. Similarly, when trauma occurs, the brain may not effectively integrate the experience, leaving behind metaphorical "splinters" that hinder healing.
EMDR (Eye Movement Reprocessing Desensitization) works by removing these "splinters" through the processing of past traumas, enabling the brain to heal in a more adaptive way.
EMDR is an evidence-based practice that involves the use of bi-lateral eye movement or tapping to engage in dual attention, focusing on both the past and the present. By doing so, individuals can address painful memories with informed techniques and perspectives from the present.
While many associate EMDR with its bi-lateral stimulation techniques, it also includes an 8-phase protocol. This protocol prepares clients for processing, establishes treatment goals, addresses trauma, and ultimately instills more adaptive cognitions for future experiences.
Through the use of Eye Movement Reprocessing Desensitization (EMDR), individuals can process through traumas without the need for talking or providing explicit details of difficult experiences. This powerful therapeutic approach allows for deep healing and transformation by engaging the brain's natural ability to process and integrate traumatic memories.
EMDR is particularly effective in addressing various forms of trauma, whether it's a specific phobia, a singular traumatic event, or more complex and deeply-rooted traumatic experiences. This technique can help individuals find relief from the emotional distress and negative beliefs associated with their past traumas.
EMDR also offers a valuable option for those who seek a different approach to address general concerns, even without a specific incident or starting point in mind. By accessing the brain's innate healing capacities, EMDR opens doors to profound self-discovery, growth, and resolution, allowing individuals to move forward on their healing journey.
While EMDR can be a transformative therapy, it is important to note that it is not a "quick fix." Like any mental health treatment, the timeline for healing varies for each individual. Factors such as your personal history, current stressors, readiness for processing, and other considerations play a role in determining the course of treatment. As your therapist, I will collaborate with you to create a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your unique needs and goals.
EMDR sessions are typically longer than traditional therapy sessions, allowing for a more comprehensive and effective therapeutic experience. The EMDRIA (EMDR International Association) recommends a session length of 80 minutes, providing ample time for thorough processing and integration.
In addition to standard session lengths, I also offer "Intensive" EMDR sessions. These sessions involve multiple EMDR sessions scheduled back-to-back and can span most of the day. However, before scheduling an Intensive EMDR session, an initial 50-minute paid consultation is required to assess readiness and appropriateness in greater detail. This consultation allows us to determine if an intensive approach aligns with your specific needs and therapeutic goals.
Many individuals seek an EMDR provider who can specifically address a particular issue or target that they feel stuck on while continuing their work with their primary therapist.
In certain circumstances, EMDR can be provided as an adjunct service to accelerate or support the goals of primary therapy. However, it is crucial to consider additional factors, take necessary precautions, and engage in careful planning when pursuing treatment in this manner.
If you are interested in incorporating EMDR as an adjunct service to your primary therapy, I invite you to schedule a free consultation. During this consultation, we can further explore whether this model of treatment would be a good fit for your specific needs and therapeutic goals.