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EMDR Therapy - Trauma Therapy

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed.
But when we are silent, we are still afraid.
So it is better to speak.


--- Audre Lorde
Have you lived through childhood abuse, rape, domestic violence or some other trauma and still experience panic attacks, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress? Are you struggling with test preparation/taking an exam? Do you experience distress when doing public speaking or presentations 

---   EMDR Therapy May Help

EMDR appears to have a direct effect on how the brain processes information. Through the use of bi-lateral stimulation (vibration using small hand-held tablets, tapping, or sounds - alternating left to right) a successful EMDR session can help to speed up the processing of traumatic events and diminish disturbing emotions and negative beliefs associated with those events. EMDR does not make your experiences/memories disappear: you still remember them but they are less upsetting and the physiological effects can diminish.

By impacting the lens through which we experience ourselves and our relationships the world around us can transform. A successful EMDR session not only provides relief it can increase clarity and transform how we live.

* EMDR THERAPY HAS BEEN USED TO SUCCESSFULLY TREAT:

Trauma* - childhood abuse (emotional, psychological, physical, sexual, neglect), invasive medical procedures (i.e. Dental, surgical)

Rape, Domestic Violence

Panic Attacks*, Anxiety, Phobias

Self-Esteem

Disturbing Memories - flashbacks, body memories, intrusive thoughts

Grief and Loss

Pain, Addiction,  Eating Disorders

Performance Anxiety*

Performance Enhancement - opening to creativity, working through
creative blocks


* EMDR and Childhood Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Trauma, Neglect

In working with individuals who have experienced abuse we discuss together the possibility of using EMDR. It may or may not be right for you. While EMDR is a highly effective method of psychotherapy trauma survivors also can recover from the impact of abuse through the caring empathic relationship that we form and from body-oriented/mindfulness approaches to healing. Frequently clients benefit from a combination of approaches.

* EMDR and Panic Attacks

Panic Attacks can be debilitating and can interfere with functioning in daily life.  They come on suddenly, you experience intense fear or anxiety, your heart may start to race, you may experience shaking, dizziness, difficulty breathing or rapid breathing.  You may feel numb, start to sweat or have an upset stomach.  They usually last from 10 to 20 minutes.  EMDR sessions may be an effective method to help you find relief from panic attacks.  Other types of psychotherapy I utilize that can be effective for the treatment of panic include Somatic (body-oriented)/Transpersonal and Cognitive Behavioral methods of therapy.  

 * EMDR and Performance Anxiety

EMDR has been found to help many people who have performance anxiety. For some individuals this is short-term work with a specific focus. You may already be working with a therapist (who does not use EMDR) and decide to come to see me for the specific task of getting relief from performance anxiety or you may want to get help with a very specific issue. If you are preparing to take a test and struggle with anxiety, negative thoughts/beliefs about yourself and your abilities, have a history of difficult times taking exams - EMDR may help you.

For those who engage in public-speaking, need to do presentations and experience anxiety, panic attacks, nervousness before, during and/or after your presentation, EMDR may provide relief.

 

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