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EMDRIA, The Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association, defines EMDR as a "therapy that encourages the client to briefly focus on trauma memories while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation." Bilateral stimulation is typically through eye movements, but there are many other ways to engage in bilateral stimulation while reprocessing the memories. It is a widely researched therapy method effective with trauma and other conditions such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic pain, substance abuse, and other unresolved distressing events.
As a Certified EMDR therapist, I have trained in an attachment-based EMDR Method named SAFE EMDR. The SAFE EMDR utilizes all eight phases of treatment as the protocol indicates, emphasizing what makes us feel safe and connected to others.
Many clients fear reexperiencing the traumatic event. The manner of identifying the memories to be reprocessed is a nonviolent one where we meet the client where the client is at, and we only move to process what the client is ready to do. Much of the time is spent assessing the client's readiness, preparing the client through resourcing, and constantly assessing windows of tolerance to move forward. Treatment is specifically tailored to the client's needs and adjusted accordingly.
As a therapist, I have witnessed how profoundly healing this process can be for clients. As a person, I have engaged in EMDR for myself as well. It is effective, safe, and healing. It leaves those that have experienced it with a sense of increased well-being, healthy, secured, and empowered to move forward in life.
If you are interested in learning more about EMDR, CLICK HERE to the EMDRIA Website. You can also find a wealth of additional resources and access an EMDR-trained therapist directory.
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