I’ve recently started to receive training in the therapeutic modality of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). While this may sound “weird” or very different from typical therapy, it has been shown to be effective and beneficial for a wide range of mental health issues. Originally, EMDR mainly targeted PTSD and “big” traumatic situations (such as combat or destructive accidents), however the approach has become widely used for all sorts of challenges.
One of the main benefits of EMDR is an increase in processing time, when working through distressing thoughts, experiences and emotions. With increased processing time, you may find that it’s possible to overcome and be less triggered by issues or events that have plagued you for years. This mode is evidence based, meaning it has been researched extensively and shown to be effective. In a nutshell, EMDR helps us to process information and memories that are stuck and unprocessed, causing a sort of back up on the neural pathway in our brain that connects the different parts of our brain. Once those memories can be processed, things shift, are freed up, and information can start moving efficiently again. What can this mean for you? Relief, more calm, less activation, less triggering, and a more balanced way of life.
I am currently in the training and consultation phase, and one of the great aspects of this type of therapy is that it can be used immediately (and we are encouraged to start right away)! Additionally, I have tested EMDR myself, in order to confidently add it to my practice to help my clients. It has been remarkable to see and experience the differences EMDR has brought about for clients and I look forward to being able to offer this for years to come.
Additional information about the process of EMDR and the neuroscience behind it, can be found by clicking the links below: