Intense symptoms keep us stuck in neutral.
EMDR is a powerful treatment to relieve intense symptoms so you can heal and move on.
Have you ever thought of something troubling or embarrassing in your past and suddenly feel like you’re reliving it? Maybe you replay events or conversations over and over again until you feel like garbage or have recurring nightmares. Or maybe you “overreact” to things and don’t understand why.
When we experience something upsetting or disturbing, that experience can get locked in our brain with the original picture, thoughts, sounds, feelings, and body sensations. If we think of it or encounter something similar today, our brain can’t correctly process and integrate that information. This is why it can be so hard to just forget about or “get over” something – your brain won’t let you!
Trauma is a response, and it doesn’t always have to be one big earth-shattering experience. It can be small things over time, like disappointment and embarrassment, or constant guilt-trips. It can leave you with a sense of uneasiness and deeply uncomfortable, feeling like it’s always bubbling just under the surface. These symptoms don’t have to stick around forever, there is a way to release them.
What is EMDR and how does it work?
You know when something bad happens and you’re really upset, those feelings are super intense in the moment, then the next morning you’re less upset? That’s EMDR.
EMDR stands for Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It’s a mouth full, so let’s break it down: the process involves bilateral stimulation, which is a fancy way of saying moving your eyes back and forth to engage your left and right brain hemispheres (eye-movement). Using eye movements, we decrease the intensity of a memory (desensitization), release that information from your nervous system, and then install healthier, more positive self-beliefs (reprocessing). This process may be what happens during REM sleep.
Gaining a new perspective on old events allows your brain to process and integrate that information in a way that’s healthy and productive. The goal is to significantly reduce or remove negative symptoms so you can heal and move on. Your brain will be doing the healing, we’re just the passengers - it’s pretty remarkable.
What does EMDR therapy treat?
EMDR is one of the most well researched and empirically validated trauma treatments. Not only is it the gold standard for PTSD, it’s been shown to effectively treat a wide range of other symptoms:
Insomnia or recurring nightmares
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Single events (car crash or home invasion)
Anxiety & panic attacks
Performance & test anxiety
Procrastination & avoidance
Trauma & PTSD
Grief & loss
what are the benefits of emdr?
Relief from severe symptoms: Living with severe symptoms is exhausting. EMDR turns down the volume, completely changing your experience. So even if you recognize something’s there, it will no longer have the same negative impact as before.
Positive self-talk: Negative experiences have an enormous impact on our internal dialogue. EMDR therapy can change the perspective you have about yourself. Through this process, we install new, more positive self-beliefs that are applicable to a wide range of experiences. Positive self-talk and self-beliefs can improve confidence, mood, and relationships.
Better boundaries: When we think kindly of ourselves, we’re better able to create and hold boundaries, manage conflict, and connect with others. It’s easier for us to take up space when we believe we deserve it.
What is EMDR Therapy like?
First, I’ll get a solid background on what things are like for you today. What symptoms are showing up for you? What is your life like? What are your hopes and goals? Once we’ve targeted what we need to work on, I’ll walk you through the entire process so you know exactly what to expect. Then we’ll begin processing your memories with the goal of lowering the disturbance so you’ll find immediate relief.
We’ll know when we’re done because you’ll no longer experience your memory the same way. We then install positive self-beliefs that resonate with you, and what you hope to feel about yourself. We’ll wrap it up by looking towards the future and creating a template for how you’d like to handle things moving forward.
It’s totally understandable if this whole process sounds a little strange. I’m happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have in a free consultation. The good news is that we can’t create false memories or make things worse – we’re just releasing what’s already there. EMDR is especially helpful if you feel like you’ve tried everything, but still feel stuck.
Who I work with
I practice EMDR with teens and adults. I offer it as an adjunct to talk therapy or as a standalone treatment.
How to get started
Wondering if EMDR Therapy is right for you? I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation to answer any questions you may have. Call or text 512-549-8189, email firstname.lastname@example.org,
or fill out the form below.
If you’re ready to get started (or just hate talking on the phone), you can schedule an appointment online. Evening and weekend appointments available.