EMDR Therapy – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is this therapy approach right or me?
We would like to introduce you to Christine Renuart, LCSW. She is the counselor at our practice that offers EMDR Therapy.
EMDR Therapy is a powerful psychotherapeutic approach that helps lessen, even eliminate, the painful mental and physical responses raised by the memory of traumatic events and seeks to create new healthier patterns in your brain.
In EMDR Therapy, we work with you through (8) critical phases to safely identify the distressing memory, memories, and those situations that bring emotional and physical suffering, desensitize your body and brain to harmful responses, aim for rapid and positive therapeutic change. During your sessions, your counselor will teach you techniques to manage stress on your own and enable optimal therapy.
EMDR is effective in treating adverse life events, abuse, and traumatic experiences. Trauma can be overwhelming; recovery and healing are possible. To learn more about trauma therapy check out our blog.
The EMDR Institute states, “therapy is an eight-phase treatment. Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during one part of the session. After the clinician has determined which memory to target first, he asks the client to hold different aspects of that event or thought in mind and to use his eyes to track the therapist’s hand as it moves back and forth across the client’s field of vision. As this happens, for reasons believed by a Harvard researcher to be connected with the biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, internal associations arise, and the clients begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings”.
As an article published in The Permanente Journal says, “EMDR therapy provides an efficient approach to address psychological and physiologic symptoms stemming from adverse life experiences. ”
Have distressing or adverse life events caused anxiety, depression, or disconnection?
Do you need professional help coming to terms with the loss of a loved one?
Do you suffer from trauma-related memories, triggers, nightmares, or flashbacks?
Do you experience migraines, chronic pain, or phantom pain?
Do you experience any of the following symptoms?
Anxiety or depression?
Reliving traumatic events with accompanying unwanted memories, vivid images, palpitations, or panic attacks?
Feeling easily startled, feeling on edge, or are often irritable?
Trouble experiencing joy, love, or other positive emotions?
Chronic pain, which is negatively impacting your life?
If you experience any of these symptoms, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) could be the right therapeutic approach for you.
Success with EMDR results in relief from emotional and mental distress adjusts and redefines beliefs, and contributes to a relaxed and calmer mind and body. If you would like to learn how EMDR can help you find peace, please contact our office today for an appointment – 386-449-8600.