What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and distressing life experiences. EMDR has been successful for all ages. According to the EMDR Institute, trauma treatment that once took years can now be accomplished much more efficiently with EMDR therapy.
How does it work?
Think of having a scrape on your knee. If left alone to heal, your body will close the wound on its own. However, if something blocks the healing, like picking a scar or something irritating the scrape, you feel pain and it has a harder time healing. EMDR works to remove the block from healing, allowing your brain to continue its natural restorative process. To do this, the therapist works with the client to create bilateral stimulation, or activating both sides of your brain. Many therapists utilize eye movements, but it can be as simple as tapping both knees. Clients then begin to process traumatic events and transform their thoughts related to the events. The therapist helps the client to process the past, present, as well as the future.
Who is it for?
EMDR has been shown to be effective for children and adults. The purpose of EMDR is to assist clients who are stuck and need help moving past something that is holding them back, such as a traumatic event. Clients who are currently being triggered into flashbacks of past events, or are afraid of being triggered in the future would be a good fit for EMDR therapy.
How can I try it?
Currently, Charlene is the only clinician at Rogers Counseling who is certified to practice EMDR therapy. To set up an assessment to determine if EMDR is right for you or your child, call us at (713) 234-7172 for a complimentary ten minute consultation.