Rapid Eye Movement
Desensitisation and Reprocessing
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is one of the most researched and empirically supported forms of therapy that has proven effective in treating trauma. EMDR can also be effective in working with negative beliefs and addiction, as well as help you process and move through life experiences that continue to create distress.
Many times clients will come into treatment specifically for EMDR, and excited to begin with the expectation they will start right away with eye movements, tapping, or holding the “buzzies”. While I share your eagerness to get into the work, EMDR consists of more than just the alternating movements, taps, or sounds. There are multiple factors I have to consider and assess that will help set you up for the best outcome.
Some of the things we will explore first:
Do you feel safe in your body?
How well do you tolerate uncomfortable thoughts, feeling, and sensations?
Do you have healthy coping skills in place to be able to calm and regulate emotions on your own?
While EMDR can often reduce the time spent on processing the trauma, it can take weeks, months, or even longer to properly move through the preparation stage. It is important to remember that this stage is crucial to the success of resolving unprocessed traumatic memories and events.
Couples counseling is a process through which I will work with both you and your partner to identify specific areas of conflict and/or aspects of your relationship you would like to change. Together we will develop a plan to improve both individual's satisfaction and contentment that aligns with your values and needs. Couples counseling is most beneficial when both partners agree to actively work towards growth and change.
Individual therapy is a process in a setting that is safe, caring, and confidential that allows you to explore your feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of your life that you would like to change, better understand yourself and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.