EMDR

I have completed basic training in EMDR and am a member of the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA). I have been using EMDR successfully with a number of patients and am very pleased with it.

EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition, successful outcomes are well-documented in the literature for EMDR treatment of other psychiatric disorders, mental health problems, and somatic symptoms. It is especially helpful for trauma, anxiety, phobias and addictions.

EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. The model on which EMDR is based, Adaptive Information Processing (AIP), posits that much psychopathology is due to the maladaptive encoding of and/or incomplete processing of traumatic or disturbing adverse life experiences. This impairs ones ability to integrate these experiences in an adaptive manner. The process of EMDR facilitates the resumption of normal information processing and integration. This treatment approach, which targets past experience, current triggers, and future potential challenges, results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers. EMDR can be readily incorporated into other psychotherapy and may produce results more rapidly than previous forms of therapy.

Videos about EMDR can be found at youtube.com. A chapter on EMDR can be found in Bessel van der Kolk’s (2014) book, The Body Keeps the Score.