Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an information processing therapy integrating elements of many effective psychotherapies. Tapping into the same healing that the body spontaneously gives itself during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, EMDR helps the mind tap into resources and calm areas of the brain which, overly activated by trauma, are unable to process traumatic events. Clients coming to me for depression and anxiety, including PTSD, report that after EMDR processing, emotional distress related to the memory has been eliminated or greatly decreased, and that they have gained important new awareness of not only the incident, but of themselves, usually resulting in spontaneous behavioral and personal change.
I have been fully trained and have utilized EMDR in my practice for over fifteen years, including past membership in EMDRIA and intensive training with Dr. Francine Shapiro, the inventor of EMDR. Because my training is in complementary areas, the early pitfalls that often derail EMDR, or even make it counterproductive, don’t occur: somatic work allows for the sense of physical embodiment that is essential to the work (ie, not dissociative), and mindfulness practices encourage the ability to allow one’s awareness to flow during bilateral stimulation, enhancing the mind’s ability to process and make the cognitive and emotional connections necessary to successful trauma release.