Trauma Therapy (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Starting out as a counselor I was eager to see people heal emotionally. However, session after session clients would enter in emotional pain and leave with seemingly the same amount of emotional pain. There had to be something more that could be done to aid emotional healing. A colleague told me about EMDR, but it sounded to “out there” to me. I was skeptical at first, but a few more sessions of unanswered emotional pain and began to do some research. For about a year I read about EMDR, and in the end I could not deny that it worked. (There were just too many studies to back up its effectiveness.) So, I finally went for the training and began to use my new skill in appropriate areas. My clients began to say things to me like: “I am at ease.” “The pain is gone.” “I am sleeping better.” “I am less anxious.” “I am no longer angry.” “I am able to forgive.” “I am free.” To date I have done well over 500 hours of EMDR therapy and continue to be amazed at how this technique allows us to tap into the innate healing ability of the mind. I have seen it do wonders in an AIDS community in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in Haiti among earthquake survivors and in Citrus County among some very severely sexually, emotionally and physically abused people. It has aided their emotional healing and restored life, hope and laughter to those who once were in pain.
General information and more about EMDR can be found on the official EMDR website.
Click here for frequently asked questions about EMDR.
What problems are helped by EMDR?The studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following conditions:
- Anxiety or Panic
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Childhood abuse (including: sexual, emotional and physical)
- Relational problems
- Sleep trouble
- Loss of loved one
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Natural disaster
- Witness to violence
- Victim of violent crime
- Performance anxiety