What is E.M.D.R.?
E.M.D.R. stands for Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing. E.M.D.R. therapy is recognized as an effective form of trauma treatment by numerous practice guidelines worldwide. In the U.S., this includes organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the Department of Defense, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the United States (SAMHSA). SAMHSA cites E.M.D.R. as an evidence based practice for the treatment of P.T.S.D., anxiety, and depression, that leads to an improvement in mental health functioning.
E.M.D.R. is a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach. It contains elements of many effective psychotherapies that are designed to maximize treatment results. It is especially effective in ameliorating symptoms of acute stress, and both acute and chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
After an E.M.D.R. session, clients generally report that the emotional distress related to a distressing memory or trauma has been eliminated, or greatly decreased (Shapiro, F., 2001), and that they have gained important cognitive insights. Importantly, these emotional and cognitive changes usually result in spontaneous behavioral and personal changes, which are further enhanced with E.M.D.R. procedures.
I completed Level I and II (Advanced) E.M.D.R. training through the BodyMind Institute, one of a very select group of accredited training programs endorsed by Francine Shapiro - the founder of E.M.D.R.
I can help you determine if this treatment approach would be beneficial to you, if you've been affected by distressing events that continue to evoke unpleasant feelings or avoidance.