Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR is an evidenced-based modality that was discovered in 1987 by Francine Shapiro. It has recently gained more credibility as research shows it to be quite effective in treating trauma, sometimes just as much or even more effective than cognitive behavioral therapy. EMDR has shown validity through many research trials in treating conditions that include panic, anxiety, trauma and PTSD symptoms, sleep disturbances, and performance anxiety. While not yet evidenced in treatment of compulsive behaviors or easing the pain response from somatic disorders, EMDR is extending its research and training into these areas to assess the viability of treatment for these conditions.
As an EMDR practitioner, I strive to do my best in keeping up with the research of EMDR. I belong to and maintain current status with EMDRIA, a professional organization of mental health clinicians who are either fully trained or currently in the process of becoming fully trained. I complete additional trainings on each year to maintain my status with EMDRIA and I regularly receive EMDR consultation from an EMDR consultant. I attended my first EMDR training in 2016 and became an EMDRIA-certified therapist in 2019. Additional trainings I have completed in the use of EMDR include EMDR for Borderline Personality Disorder, EMDR for compulsive behaviors, and the use of EMDR from a spiritual perspective.
Special Note: Because of the nature and complexity of anxiety and experiences of trauma, I will not make any guarantees or promises of EMDR is the right modality for your needs prior to an initial appointment.