EMDR is a powerful technique that should only be administered by a fully trained and certified EMDR therapist.
As a fully trained and certified EMDR therapist, I have used this technique very effectively for a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, traumatic incidents, phobias, panic attacks, chronic pain, low self-esteem, performance anxiety, stage fright, recovery from childhood abuse and more. An added benefit is that it sometimes diminishes the time needed in therapy.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It works because it uses a natural sleep function of the body, REM (rapid eye movement). We all use REM sleep as a way to process daily emotional experiences, and usually, this natural body function works well. However, sometimes when we experience an emotional event that is too overwhelming the REM sleep process breaks down and the event is not processed properly. We are left with an unprocessed emotional event that causes us continued emotional distress and stress. When REM sleep breaks down, EMDR steps in to continue the needed REM processing to resolution.
When the memory is fully processed it is re-experienced in a new way. This technique makes it possible to gain the self-knowledge and perspective that will enable you to choose your actions rather than feeling powerless over your reactions.
My expertise allows me to safely direct you through the entire process until you are feeling less troubled about the event and ultimately at peace.
It is very important that you work with a fully trained and certified EMDR practitioner.
A Certified EMDR therapist has completed an EMDRIA approved training program which is rather rigorous in nature. They have conducted a minimum of 50 clinical sessions, have received 20 hours of consultation by an EMDR expert and must complete 12 hours of continuing education every 2 years.
Successful treatment depends upon the competence of the clinician. In the hands of a skillful, experienced therapist, it can be a powerful tool for healing. However, the same tool in the hands of a less skillful therapist may not be helpful and can be harmful.