EMDR therapy is an integrative approach focusing on three time frames: past, present and future. We look at past disturbing memories, current situations causing distress and then develop future scenarios and the skills and attitudes needed to successfully move forward. EMDR therapy simultaneously weakens disturbing memories and strengthens positive memories. These items are all addressed in an eight-phase treatment approach.
Therapists who use EMDR therapy undergo a very intensive training process and adhere to specific protocols and procedures which are adapted for each individual’s specific needs.
8 Phase Treatment Process
Proven, Effective, Safe.
Only licensed clinicians are allowed to take approved EMDR training. The training is extensive and standardized requiring adherence to specific protocols and procedures established by the EMDR International Association.
Is EMDR Talk Therapy?
EMDR is not a talk therapy. While we will talk to better understand your concerns, we will be working to identify the life experiences that contribute to your present discomfort. My focus is to better understand how your brain’s memory system works. Each brain is different and handles memories differently. Real change comes not just from talking about experiences but in reliving the experiences in the present in such a way that they can be reprocessed by the brain.
The reprocessing does not require detailed descriptions of troubling events. In EMDR reprocessing, your brain does the work. Using the detailed protocols and procedures obtained in extensive EMDR training, the therapist’s role is to guide the process and to facilitate the client’s ability to activate their own natural healing processes.
How Long Will It Take?
While every person is different, and session times can vary, EMDR therapy most often resolves issues far more rapidly than traditional talk therapy. The normal course of treatment is usually 3-12 sessions but more complex cases can require more sessions.
Why Try EMDR Therapy?
EMDR therapy goes beyond talking, gaining more coping skills, or changing self talk because the process itself more quickly gets to resolution that is permanent. EMDR optimizes our capacity to change how memory is encoded in the brain so that what was once a disturbing memory is actually transformed into something that is adaptive. The memory may remain but the negative charge and response is neutralized.