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EMDR Therapy

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy, commonly known as EMDR, is a way for your brain to heal from traumatic life experiences both big and small. When you encounter trauma, your brain has a hard time processing the event and you may experience things such as flashbacks, nightmares, hypervigilance, anxiety, panic attacks, and feelings of being overwhelmed. In many cases, you are plagued with uncomfortable emotions such as anger, sadness, guilt, and shame.  If you are tired of being ruled by your trauma, then EMDR therapy or EMDR intensives is a great way to break free of the trauma and live again.

What does EMDR therapy session look like? I start with welcoming you to the safe environment of my office where we will begin to explore what is holding you back in life and create a plan for treatment. Next, you will learn skills to help you cope with the current pain and distress you are experiencing. Then I will lead you through back-and-forth movements known as Bilateral Stimulation (BLS) such as eye movements, tapping, or sounds to help the brain to begin to decrease the emotional distress associated with the event and reorganize the feelings and thoughts connected to the experience. In short, we work to make the painful stuff in your life hurt less and end by helping the good stuff that you already know feel better. 

"You are NOT defined by what has happened to you!"

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