“Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.” -Pearl S. Buck
EMDR stands for “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.” It is a powerful method of psychotherapy that integrates many recognized approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, brief therapy, family systems theory, and psychodynamic therapy into a comprehensive and systematic approach that tends to be much deeper and quicker in helping individuals work through issues than traditional “talk therapy.”
I was trained in both EMDR Part 1 & 2 years ago, and have been amazed at how effective it has been for my clients. I find that EMDR frequently resolves issues that have been problematic for a long time, and it’s very exciting to see this happen for people. I incorporate both Internal Family Systems and Brainspotting into the EMDR work and find this a very effective combination.
EMDR utilizes bilateral stimulation (through eye movements, tactile or auditory stimulation) to facilitate the reprocessing of memories, emotions, and negative beliefs that can become “stuck.” For example, most people have at least a few negative cognitions that keep them from living the life they want, or having the relationships they desire (beliefs such as “I’m not good enough” or “I’m not lovable”). Experiences of being “triggered” in various situations or interactions can be effectively addressed through EMDR. EMDR quickly gets to core issues and allows for a re-examination of past situations, feelings, and thoughts in a profound way that might not otherwise be possible.
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