What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy which uses eye movement and other bilateral movement that help in reprocessing distressing memories and beliefs. Although it is commonly used for post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), EMDR has been well researched for disorders such as panic attacks, depression, addiction, grief, phobias, sexual and/or physical abuse, disturbing memories.
Who developed EMDR?
Francine Shapiro studied and developed EMDR which has been widely explored since 1989. For more information, please visit www.emdr.com.
How does EMDR work?
Research shows that EMDR affects the way our brains reprocess disturbing events (smells,sounds,feelings etc) in a way that these “disturbing” events no longer negatively impact your life; rather, these negative events become just a memory. For “eye movements”, you will be following my fingers in your field of vision: this movement will create “BLS” (bilateral stimulation) which mimics the REM sleep eye movements to access the disturbing memories to reprocess. Eye movement may not be appropriate for you depending on your medical condition; individuals who suffer from eye problems and/or get frequent headaches can utilize tapping instead of eye movement.EMDR is not hypnosis and you will be fully awake and in control of the session. EMDR sessions are as effective via telehalth as they are in person.
How long does EMDR take?
This could be best answered after an initial meeting and an evaluation; each person and their needs are unique; some individuals need anywhere from 3-9 sessions while others need 10-15 plus sessions. Traditionally EMDR sessions are once a week; however, depending on the needs of the individuals, twice a week sessions might be offered.
Worth it or not? That is the question!
In a nutshell… yes it is! EMDR is highly effective in treating anything from single traumas (car accident, dog attack etc) to complex multiple traumas such as sexual assault, domestic violence that continue to negatively effect your life. Whether you are aware of the past events that continue to feed your current problems or not, EMDR can help you identify than process these “charged” negative memories so that they can no longer control your life; you can be free from anxiety, nightmares, panic attacks and negative self talk. For example, if you are working on “self worth” that has been negatively affected by trauma(s), you will gain the insights to say “I am worthwhile”, believe “I am worthwhile” and live like “I am worthwhile”; you will gain this new insight from processing the targeted memory.
Does my insurance cover EMDR?
If you have mental health benefits, your insurance will cover this; EMDR is an evidence based modality. If you do not have mental health benefits or insurance, please give me a call so we can figure out a payment plan for you.