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What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy treatment that is effective for helping people heal from emotional difficulties or adversities such as abuse, bullying, domestic violence, grief/loss, attachment wounds, PTSD and other complicated life issues. EMDR has been extensively researched and proven effective for treating trauma. To date, EMDR therapy has helped to alleviate psychological stress in millions of people throughout the world.

EMDR incorporates elements of many traditional therapeutic approaches and is often used together with play therapy, talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and family therapy.

When an upsetting, frightening or painful experience happens, sometimes the memory of the experience becomes “stuck” or “frozen” in the brain with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, feelings and body sensations. Whenever a reminder of the traumatic or adverse event comes up, the experience can return in a distressing and intrusive way. An individual may cope by avoiding everything associated with the upsetting experience. For example, a child who experienced a bad bicycle accident may have repeated nightmares, be fearful of new experiences, have difficulty concentrating at school and avoid things associated with a bicycle. EMDR therapy works by helping the brain reprocess these traumatic memories or troubling events so they are no longer disturbing. As a result, the child can return to his or her normal developmental tasks and prior levels of coping. In addition, EMDR can help to strengthen feelings of confidence, calmness and mastery.

EMDR can be used not only with adults, but also with children and adolescents of all developmental levels. In particular, it can be successfully used with pre-verbal children as well as teens who may be hesitant to talk out loud. It is a way to help children get over troubling thoughts, feelings and behaviors. EMDR has been successfully used to help children deal with traumatic events, anxiety, attachment issues, depression, phobias and a variety of behavioral problems. EMDR may also help to enhance the positive emotions, thoughts and behaviors associated with positive memories.

Our EMDR Consulting Services

We offer Basic EMDR Consultation and Advanced EMDR Consultation Services.

Designed for EMDR therapists completing the 10 hours of required consultation for Basic Course Completion.

Format: Individual and/or group- in person, by phone or Skype

Participants will review training materials, present cases, and receive feedback on how to integrate EMDR into their current practice.

This level is for EMDR therapists who have completed the Basic EMDR course and desire more advanced consultation or wish to work towards EMDRIA certification

Format: Individual and/or group – in person, by phone or Skype

Participants will develop their EMDR therapy skills in a variety of ways: clinical case presentations, case formulation and conceptualization, working with complex cases, use of advanced EMDR treatment protocols, discussion of special topics of interest, videotape review of clinical cases, clinical and research updates. An interactive component will be utilized to assist in the assimilation of materials into clinical practice, involving participants presenting their material for support and consultation.