Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a structured integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective and efficient for treating trauma, disturbing life experiences and other mental health struggles. It was developed in the late 1980s in the states and is extensively researched and scientifically studied.
The cool thing about EMDR is that it uses our brain’s natural ability to heal. Sometimes traumatic or distressing events get stuck in the brain’s information processing system, along with the emotions and physical sensations that went with the original event. This often happens with overwhelming adverse events, which occur early in life and/or repetitively. It can feel like we are back at the original event or happening all over again. These early memories and events impact the way we view the world and interact with the world without us even realizing it.
About EMDR Therapies
How is EMDR different from other therapies?
It uses the brain’s natural ability to heal and is designed to resolve unprocessed distressing and trauma members in the brain, reducing and eliminating problematic symptoms.
How EMDR Works
EMDR uses bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, pulses, beeps, etc., in sets of about 30 seconds to help the event get “unstuck” and help your brain store these memories away properly. We don’t know exactly what your brain is doing during EMDR, but research has shown that is very like the same thing your brain is doing during REM sleep.
What EMDR Treats
EMDR is effective in treating a wide range of challenges including
• Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
• Chronic Illness and medical issues
• Dissociative disorders
• Body image
• Grief and loss
• Personality disorders
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other trauma and stress-related issues
• Sexual assault
• Sleep disturbance
• Substance abuse and addiction
• Violence and abuse
PTSD & EMDR
EMDR therapy is widely considered one of the best treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It has been endorsed as an effective therapy by many organizations, such as The World Health Organization (2013), The American Psychiatric Association (2004 & 2009) and The US Department of Defense/Veterans Affairs (2004 & 2010).
First Responders Treatment
Emdr is an evidence-based therapy for PTSD that can be used in first responder treatment. It can help with PTSD, sleep disturbance, anger, addiction, anxiety, depression and flash backs.
EMDR therapy is different than talk-based therapy and does not require talking in detail about the upsetting event or trauma. EMDR uses a structured eight-phase approach with no homework!
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EMDR allows you to look back at the overwhelming events and memories as something challenging that happened, but we no longer relive them and can be at peace.
EMDR works by identifying the critical negative experiences that led to your current issues and using evidence-based techniques to give your brain the time and space it needs to do the processing it wasn’t able to do at the time.
Sometimes, just a few EMDR sessions can aid an individual’s day-to-day life. However, the treatment requires more time for people who have endured prolonged, complex traumas.
Consultations for Therapists
Consultation services are for other EMDR therapists wanting essential training consultation hours, working towards becoming certified, or therapists looking to gain knowledge on complex trauma and build confidence using EMDR.
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Let’s be honest! Providing EMDR and consultation can feel intimidating and complicated at times.
Jessica aims to create a supportive and safe environment for therapists to feel more comfortable and confident delivering EMDR and to promote growth. Jessica is a Certified EMDR Therapist and an EMDR consultant in training (CIT). She can contribute up to 15 of the required 20 hours needed for you to become a certified EMDR therapist.
Jessica offers small group and individual consultations. Consultations can be virtual or in-person.
FYI: You can receive BOTH individual and group hours towards certification from joining a small group.
Meet the EMDR Therapists.
EMDR therapy is a mental health intervention that trained and licensed clinicians should only offer. The EMDR International regulates its Association (EMDRIA), which oversees the training, certification and consultation of EMDR therapists worldwide. Therapists at Beyond Trauma Recovery Clinic are trained clinicians dedicated to professional growth and ongoing learning.