EMDR is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy proven to help people recover from trauma and PTSD. Ongoing research has shown positive clinical outcomes for disorders such as anxiety, depression, grief, addictions and distressing life experiences.
EMDR is based on the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model, a theory developed by Francine Shapiro, PHD who also developed EMDR. This theory recognizes that the brain stores traumatic memories differently than it does normal memories. The brain, when experiencing normal life, stores memories with ease. It networks new memories to past memories and other types of information. However, during a trauma or distressing life event the brain disconnects what you feel, hear and see and doesn’t allow for systematic storage or networking. When this happens, the person doesn’t realize the trauma is over resulting in upsetting triggers. Also, life experiences that follow the earlier trauma often link and reinforce a negative experience over and over again.
EMDR uses a structured process that encourages a client to tap into a traumatic memory while experiencing bilateral stimulation. It doesn’t require talking in detail about a traumatic experience, instead it focuses on processing the memories cognitively, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Once processed, your brain can resume its natural healing process networking with other memories and information. This provides relief and changes in your emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.
During the first sessions with Suzanne, she can help you identify how your past life experiences are linked to your current struggle. She can then facilitate reprocessing of these experiences in a way that will give you insight, clarity , and relief from psychological distress. She can also help you carry this treatment approach into the future to facilitate ongoing positive change.
Suzanne is a certified EMDR therapist and a member of EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). She utilizes this therapeutic approach with many of her clients and has found it to be a very powerful psychotherapy. Her clients report that the modality is very effective, relieving symptoms and fostering ongoing growth and change. She would be happy to answer any questions you have about this method of treatment.