Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
EMDR is a psychotherapy that can help both child and adult clients feel better more quickly than standard psychotherapy approaches. Originally developed for the treatment of traumatic memories, EMDR is now used with a broad range of problems and is compatible with other types of psychotherapy. Over 30 controlled outcome studies have proven EMDR to be effective.
When we are very distressed, the brain’s normal information processing system is interrupted. We can experience a heightened sense of disturbance when reminded of these events – even when we are unaware of the connection. EMDR helps us store these memories in a healthy manner so that our present day life is not negatively impacted. Clients typically experience significant improvements in self-esteem, mood, and relationship satisfaction, as well as reduced trauma symptoms.
“EMDR therapy shows that the mind can, in fact, heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.” – EMDR Institute
Many of our therapists at CFCE are fully trained and able to offer EMDR. Meg Clark Soriano, MA, LPC, ACS and Cheryl Cifelli, MSW, LCSW are Approved Consultants through EMDRIA.
For more information about EMDR, see the EMDR International Association.