What is EMDR Therapy & When Would I Consider It?
Feeling Stuck? When EMDR might be helpful...
EMDR -“Eye Movement Desensitization
Reprocessing”, formulated by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987, has become a
“best practice” used in the counseling field. Its growing popularity is
likely there for several reasons:
- It combines several well recognized
therapy approaches into one. It utilizes elements of
cognitive-behavioral therapy, free association, relaxation &
breathing, exposure, and guided imagery.
- There is scientific evidence that has
consistently verified its effectiveness in decreasing or eliminating
symptoms. It uses a method to stimulate the right & left side of
the brain, bringing together your logical, analytical side and your
emotional, creative side at the same time in order to process events of
your life. Methods used keep one grounded in the present while processing emotions from the past.
- It is a very focused, concise type of
therapy that can accelerate the healing process in fewer counseling
sessions, thus conserving time and financial resources for participants.
Most of us have events from the past
that have interfered with living life to our fullest in the present. Traumatic events from the past may include (but not limited to):
* Death of a close friend or family member
* Accidents of various kinds
* Sexual abuse, rape, date rape
* Natural disasters
* Victim of crime
* Health crisis
* Financial crisis
* Early childhood losses
* Difficult, abusive, neglectful or absent (physical or emotional) parents
Negative thoughts, beliefs about oneself, emotions and body memories can become "stuck" as a result of the trauma, the lack of resources, relational & emotional support at the time of the trauma.
EMDR is a method to help process and dislodge these negative "stuck" places and allow you to live more fully in the present & future.
EMDR is especially effective with panic
attacks, anxiety, grief, phobias, performance anxiety, social anxiety,
stress reduction, sexual abuse, eating disorders, addictions, past trauma, low self-esteem. If you’re interested in a free 30-minute consultation to discuss if EMDR
is right for you, contact Frances Forgione, MSW-LCSW, EMDR Trained