Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR is a proven evidence based treatment method for the resolution of psychological trauma. EMDR is a preferred treatment method of the US army. So, I like to say it's army strong. But, it's not just for combat related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). EMDR has been used effectively with people who have experienced any type of trauma, whether it is a single incident trauma, such as a car accident or sexual assault, resulting in PTSD or an ongoing or developmental trauma, such as growing up in a dysfunctional family or relationship, resulting in Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C PTSD).
In my practice, EMDR is most often used to help women heal from difficult relationships, whether with a family member or an intimate partner who wasn't able to treat you the way that any of us would want to be treated and was instead abusive or neglectful. A common result of such relationships is trust issues and ongoing highly emotional reactions when triggered. EMDR can be done as a stand alone or woven seamlessly into part of your talk therapy with me.
The beautiful thing about EMDR is that it is a one hundred percent natural process that keeps you in control. Headphones and handheld buzzers are used, along with some gentle guidance from me, to help you bring up the old stuff you would like to address in a manageable way so that it can be desensitized or processed. Meaning, it no longer bothers you. The exact healing mechanism of EMDR is not fully understood but I believe the soothing tones of the headphones and buzzers help keep clients grounded in the safety of the present moment. This allows us to revisit traumatic memories in a manageable way so that you can attach a new healthier meaning (versus stay stuck in the past).
There has been a lot of research published about the effectiveness of EMDR (including here and here) and a lot more that I could say. But, I find that EMDR is best understood through experience. I am very pleased to offer this remarkable treatment as part of my practice here at Many Colors Counseling. If you would like to see if EMDR may be right for you, contact me today.