Marin Headlands, Sausalito, CA

Marin Headlands, Sausalito, CA

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a remarkable psychotherapy technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems. Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress. 

The EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tacticle stimulation, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself. 

As troubling images and feelings are processed by the brain via the eye movement patterns of EMDR, resolution of the issues and a more peaceful state are achieved. 
 

How does it work?
The therapist works gently with the client and asks him/her to revisit the traumatic moment or incident, recalling feelings surrounding the experience, as well as any negative thoughts, feelings, and memories. The therapist then holds her fingers about eighteen inches from the client's face and begins to move them back and forth like a windshield wiper. The client tracks the movements as if watching ping pong. The more intensely the client focuses on the memory, the easier it becomes for the memory to come to life. As quick and vibrant images arise during the therapy session, they are processed by the eye movements, resulting in painful feelings being exchanged for more peaceful, loving and resolved feelings. 


What are the Symptoms that can be helped by EMDR?

  • High anxiety and lack of motivation
  • Depression
  • Memories of a traumatic experience
  • Fear of being alone
  • Unrealistic feelings of guilt and shame
  • Difficulty in trusting others
  • Relationship problems

 

What is the History of EMDR?
Since the initial medical study in 1989 positive therapeutic results with EMDR have been proven with the following populations:

  • Sufferers of panic or anxiety
  • Sufferers of phobias
  • Chemically dependent clients
  • Persons exposed to loss (death, divorce, natural disaster)
  • Clients suffering from PTSD
  • People who have been victims of sexual assault

Although a fairly new therapeutic technique, EMDR is meeting with much success across the world. EMDR is a natural process. The client and the therapist become partners on a journey to help move traumatic and blocked energy. Together they work to transcend free up the energy, so the client can return to their natural grounded state of being. The goal of this work is to help the client heal, so they can return to their life in peace. 

Do you have any of the following symptoms?

  • Do you find it difficult to trust people?
  • Are you attracted to people who just aren't good for you?
  • Do you feel guilty without knowing why?
  • Are you in a painful relationship and can't leave?
  • Were you physically or emotionally abused or neglected as a child?

Do you experience?

  • Self-blame, self-consciousness, shame or guilt
  • Chronic or excessive anger, sadness
  • Indecisiveness, confusion, hard to think
  • Worry, anxiety, obsessive thinking
  • Unpleasant feeling, mood swings
  • Negativity, pessimism, irritability

If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, then stress, anxiety, and fear could be affecting your life and indicates you may benefit from EMDR Therapy. 

 

EMDR Institute
Getting Past Your Past by Francine Shapiro
Tapping In by Laurel Parnell
 

Get in touch if you'd like to learn more!