EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a highly-effective and researched-backed technique used for trauma, phobias, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and other issues. If you think you might benefit from EMDR contact me and let's talk about it. In the meantime, see my resources below and check out the EMDR International Association website for more information. I am an EMDRIA-certified EMDR therapist.
Trauma Treatment Guidelines
EMDR therapy is recommended as an effective treatment for PTSD and other trauma and stressor disorders by the following organizations. These treatment guidelines are based on reviews that evaluate research of established evidence-based mental health treatments.
Department of Veterans Affairs & Department of Defense. The Management of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Work Group. (2017). VA/DoD clinical practice guideline for the management of post-traumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder. Office of Quality and Performance publication. doi:10Q-CPG/PTSD-04 Retrieved from: https://www.healthquality.va.gov/guidelines/MH/ptsd/
EMDR is also found effective by the United Kingdom Department of Health, Australian Centre for Post-traumatic Mental Health, Dutch National Steering Committee for Health Care, Israeli National Council for Mental Health, and many other international health and governmental agencies. Research has shown that EMDR can be an efficient and rapid treatment.
What are some of the concerns for which EMDR can help? (not an exhaustive list)
catastrophic or complicated birthing
products of nature (e.g., flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes)
witnessing any of these experiences
Less Overt (and highly impactful) Trauma
lack of predictability
feeling ignored or invisible
lack of healthy boundaries
role reversal (kids having to act as the parent to their parents)