Eye Movement Densensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR is an alternative to traditional talk therapy that can provide rapid relief from stress and anxiety caused by overexertion, traumatic experiences, or disturbing life events. It is a phased, scientifically validated psychotherapy approach based on the theory that present distress is generally due to disturbing events that have occured in the past. When an individual has unresolved memories about such traumas, they are unable to naturally process and integrate them within the central nervous system. This results in a variety of symptoms such as depression, physical pain, anxiety, phobias, and hypervigilance.
During EMDR the client is encouraged to visualize and think about pieces of these disturbing events while the therapist facilitates bilateral or dual attention stimulation, such as eye movements or a gentle tapping of the knees or hands. This can help the individual to process the event, and integrate it into the nervous system - whereby giving them a better sense of control. While some talking is encouraged, the client is not required to share the details of the event. Whether he or she chooses to do so does not necessarily influence the outcome of therapy.
EMDR can result in the alleviation of symptoms, diminution of distress from the memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbances, and resolution of triggers. It is shown to be an effective therapy for children, adolescents, and adults.
If you have questions, or if you would like to set up a consultation session to see if you could benefit from EMDR,
feel free to contact Christy Neher at 214 699 7762.