At its core, EMDR is an technique used to process trauma. EMDR accelerates the healing of trauma. With EMDR, our natural healing process is activated within the nervous system, releasing the physical and emotional symptoms of trauma or PTSD.
EMDR combines elements of behavior therapy, cognitive therapy and hypnotherapy along with "bilateral stimulation" of the right and left hemispheres of the brain. This can be done with eye movement - looking right and left, or through tapping the right then left hands or knees.
While the exact mechanism of healing is still uncertain, neuropsychologists believe that EMDR is similar to REM sleep - where the events of the day get processed and filed away. The theory is that in a traumatic situation, our natural fight/flight response overrides this part of the processing - so the memories remain "undigested," causing anxiety and symptoms. EMDR has been used extensively and is one of the most well-researched psychotherapy techniques - with an 85% rate of success.
If you are wanting to schedule your first EMDR with me, here is some of the information I will be asking you during your first section. Click here to complete.
I've used EMDR successfully to treat:
- post traumatic stress
- panic attacks
- low self-esteem
- performance anxiety
If you would like to learn more about how you can begin therapy, or have any questions please call 415-563-4342 or 510-883-9312, or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan Regan, MFT has offices in Berkeley near El Cerrito and Oakland and in San Francisco, close to the Civic Center and Nob Hill. 415-563-4342 or 510-883-9312.