I’ve completed the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Basic Training, and am very excited to be working toward completion of becoming a Certified EMDR Provider, which requires a higher level of training, i.e., additional consultation and supervision with an EMDR Certified and Approved Provider and Facilitator, as well as completing specialized Continuing Education Units in EMDR. Currently, however, I am up and running, and am accepting new clients who wish to begin the EMDR process.
EMDR is a psychotherapeutic modality that is evidenced-based and noted for significant success in the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress disorder (PTSD). EMDR can also an effective tool in the treatment of other psychiatric and mental health issues, such as Depression and Anxiety.
In the late 1980s, Dr. Francine Shapiro pioneered the concept of utilizing eye movement effecting, positively, levels of disturbance and associated trauma. Over the past nearly 30 years, EMDR has been increasingly recognized as a chosen form of treatment for PTSD by such agencies and organizations as:
American Psychiatric Association (APA)
Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)
Department of Defense (DOD)
International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies.
EMDR is an innovative treatment option that utilizes the client’s own neural pathways (chemical channels), accessing both the right and the left hemisphere in the brain, where memories are stored, in such a way as to “go back” into traumatic and disturbing memories, and to reprocess them from the current, adult perspective the client has now, as opposed to the perspective of the past of a child, adolescent, or younger adult.
The EMDR process typically takes a fraction of the time to “heal” trauma of the past compared to traditional forms of “talk therapy,” and is a very empowering mode of treatment, that allows for the client to, in effect, “heal” themselves, under the facilitation and supervision of a trained EMDR provider.