What do clients say about EMDR?
Clients have expressed a variety of reactions. Some clients voiced skepticism, doubt and disbelief when first hearing about EMDR.
I cannot blame them…I did too!
After treatment, reactions changed…dramatically. Not only have their reactions changed but also their lives! Voices have filled with life again. Their voices exuding with excitement and astonishment that this therapy was unlike others they had tried in the past.
EMDR was “life-changing and unbelievable where healing seemed impossible!”
Changes have been drastic for many clients. Being able to hear my clients share their feelings about how trauma no longer haunts them has been powerful and a testament to how remarkable this therapy is.
My first-hand experience with this therapy was shocking! I was surprised by the immediate relief felt post-EMDR.
I no longer felt like my life was on hold from the trauma I experienced.
I was able to carry on and start to focus on the joyful pieces that felt buried inside me.
As a clinician trained in EMDR (levels I and II), I am excited for you to learn more about the process and the overall benefits.
What does EMDR stand for?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
Francine Shapiro, PhD. is credited as not only the developer but also the originator of this therapy. Astonishing results surfaced as she was looking to process her own bothersome memories during a leisurely walk.
While walking, she shifted her focus from one side to the other, using her her eyes (moving right to left, to right to left) while recalling her memories. During this time, she began to experience positive results and recognize the association.
After such findings she began to study the role and importance of bilateral stimulation and dual attention. Along with these two pieces, how to mimic the process of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep while awake to in-turn desensitize or take out the charge of specific memories.
Using these roles, Dr. Shapiro was able to incorporate them into an eight-phase treatment protocol that would become a widely recognized scientific, evidence-based, effective process to treat a wide variety of difficulties.
What can this therapy be used for?
A variety of struggles can be treated with EMDR including but not limited to trauma (PTSD, Acute Stress Disorder), anxiety, specific phobias, urges, eating disorders and addictions.
What does this therapy look like?
We do not rush the process but rather build a solid foundation of trust and safety in our initial sessions together to ease into what some find to be a more intense form of therapy. As this foundation builds we work together on grounding and containment skills so you are better prepared for the overall reprocessing stage. Sessions can vary from 50 to 90 minutes.
8 phases in treatment:
- Phase 1: History and Treatment Planning
- Phase 2: Preparation
- Phase 3: Assessment
- Phase 4: Desensitization
- Phase 5: Installation
- Phase 6: Body Scan
- Phase 7: Closure
- Phase 8: Reevaluation
You Can Get Your Life Back!
Are you able to think about freedom from flashbacks, nightmares, insomnia and other unexplained symptoms? You can take the power of your life back without the trauma constantly tapping you on the shoulder.
Say it with me: Freedom and Regaining Control!
Think of all the things you will be able to do once this piece of your story is resolved. EMDR is life changing and I would be remiss to not tell you about it’s benefits.
Do You Want to Learn More?
- EMDR International Association
- EMDR Institute Inc.
- Article: Expert Answers on EMDR
- Scientific America: Taking a Closer Look at EMDR
- Video: Dr. Andrew Leeds explaining how EMDR works
Getting Started With Therapy
If you need support, I’m here. Call 720-306-1631 to set up your free 30 minute consultation where we can check in with what’s present for you and you may ask me any questions you may have. It also gives us a chance to see if we’d be a good fit. Or you may also use the contact form on the contact page. Feel free to reach out however it is most comfortable for you.
“The past affects the present even without our being aware of it.” ~Francine Shapiro