What is EMDR?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a research-based psychotherapy that has been shown to be highly effective for a host of mental health diagnoses and concerns. EMDR is based on the concept that traumatic experiences are not fully processed in the mind and therefore do not get properly encoded in the brain. This can lead to a host of symptoms if the traumatic memory is triggered later, including disturbing images, negative core beliefs, difficult emotions, or physical symptoms.
The treatment involves using bilateral stimulation, a process of using eye movements, auditory tones, or tapping/vibrations to stimulate both sides of the body. The bilateral stimulation allows the brain to efficiently, naturally, and safely process traumatic memories and disturbing life events using the brain’s natural information processing. There is no use of drugs or hypnosis and studies have shown it to be helpful for clients who have continued to struggle with symptoms, even after attempting other forms of treatment.
EMDR targets past experiences, current triggers, and future potential challenges. Many studies have shown that this process results in relief of presenting symptoms, reduction (or complete elimination) of distress from the disturbing memory, improved self-image, alleviation of physical symptoms, and resolution of both present and future-anticipated triggers.
EMDR Psychotherapy involves a non-invasive collaboration between the client and therapist. The therapeutic process remains specific to the needs, resources, diagnosis, and development of each individual. Therefore, Dominique emphasizes elements of EMDR differently depending on the unique needs of the particular client. EMDR treatment is not completed in any particular number of sessions, as each client’s life experiences and current needs are unique.
Dominique is a Certified EMDR Therapist and has completed extensive advanced trainings in the areas of Complex PTSD and Dissociation, along with a number of other trauma-related conditions.
**The description of EMDR above contains excerpts from EMDR International Association.**
Some of the diagnoses and concerns for which EMDR has been shown helpful include:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Dissociative Disorders
- Borderline Personaility Disorder
- Panic Attacks
- Psychological Abuse or Neglect
- Chronic Pain
- Eating Disorders
- Poor Self Image
- Compulsive Behaviors
- Excessive Anger
- Low Self Esteem
- Self-Limiting Beliefs
- Personal Growth