“Often, when something traumatic happens, it seems to get locked in the nervous system with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, feelings, and so on. Since the experience is locked there, it continues to be triggered whenever a reminder comes up. It can be the basis for a lot of discomfort and sometimes a lot of negative emotions, such as fear and helplessness, that we can’t seem to control. These are really the emotions connected with the old experience that are being triggered.” Francine Shapiro, the originator and developer of EMDR.
I am a certified EMDR clinician, and use EMDR in many circumstances with my clients. “Trauma” can be chronic and long term, as in growing up in an alcoholic family, or dealing with a long term illness. Or it can be short term and acute, as in a car accident, or sudden death of a loved one. Whether chronic or acute, EMDR has been a successful method to reprocess traumatic events. In January 2016, I completed an intensive training to become a child specialist using EMDR. I’m very happy to offer EMDR to children who have undergone adverse childhood experiences, and grateful to be able to work with children and witness their healing.
If you are interested in EMDR, we can discuss the process in detail and determine together if it is appropriate for your specific situation. Although EMDR is a useful treatment for trauma, it is most effective within a solidly established working relationship between the client and the therapist. Contact me for more information or to set up an initial appointment.