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EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR is a regular tool that I use in therapy, whether that is as a resource for clients to find safety and peace, or reprocessing difficult or disturbing events, or as a template on how to navigate difficult situations.

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a type of therapy that helps people who have experienced trauma. During EMDR, a therapist guides the patient through a process of recalling the traumatic event while simultaneously focusing on something like hand movements or sounds. This helps the person process the trauma and reduce its emotional impact, making it easier to cope with the memories and their associated distress. It’s a way to reprocess and heal from traumatic experiences. During EMDR the patient also addresses negative core beliefs with the goal of replacing those with positive truths.

When I first was exposed to EMDR, I didn’t believe that it could help me, but could maybe help others.  That belief was challenged the first day that I was with 10 others in EMDR coursework, which is largely experiential in nature.  I was asked to work with another therapist as we practiced our training with one another and as I allowed someone to practice on me, I made a deal with myself that I would “test” it to see if it “worked”.  When she asked me to practice what I had created (a safe, calm place), I decided to see what would happen if I didn’t practice it as she had instructed me.

Surprise to me, that later that day, when I felt stressed, my safe, calm place, came to me and was present for me…even without practicing.  My test indicated that it “worked”, even if I wasn’t a good patient with my practice therapist.

Years later, I am still amazed at how much I, or other people I sit with, need those safe, calm places that we can go to, access, and enjoy those pleasant sensations that we create in EMDR.  I need resources to help me live my life, and sometimes I may need help to reprocess negative, difficult, or disturbing events that can overwhelm my brain and I can’t stop thinking about them.

EMDR can be a helpful process as you engage in your own journey, whether that is providing you additional resources to help you live your life, or to navigate difficult events that you have experienced, or provide tools to help you navigate difficult situations that are on the horizon.

We offer EMDR to any client who wishes to live their lives at more peace within themselves.