What is EMDR?
EMDR known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an evidence-based modality to help desensitize traumas by allowing the brain to reprocess a memory.
EMDR can help alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and stress responses (fight, flight, freeze or fawn).
As an EMDR Clinician, I use it with most of my clients to help with symptoms of complex PTSD left over from Narcissistic Abuse
How Does it Work?
EMDR in short uses a dual attention stimulus to reprocess trauma that is held in the body.
The use of tactile stimulation, tapping, eye movements, or headphones encourage left/right brain access to process information, desensitize the trauma and add adaptive material to the memory.
Essentially the memory will always be there but without the emotional charge and affect within the body.
- Comfortable/Calm Place: To deal with obsessive thoughts and overwhelming feelings, we will install a “cozy” place for you to access when you need a place to calm yourself. You can use this in or out of session.
- Container: To deal with difficult thoughts, feelings, situations or memories, we will install a “container” for you to access to place any disturbing material. Again you can use this in or out of session.
Assessments – Dissociation, Adverse Childhood, PTSD, Depression, Resilience
Stabilization, Affect Regulation, Dissociative Table work – to learn about the parts of self within your psyche.
Attachment and Trauma History – generally the 10 most disturbing or distressing memories from childhood to current life
Reprocessing of earliest, most difficult memories are usually what we start off with, but often with recent events left over from a relationship with a narcissist and the consequential narcissistic abuse, we may start with more recent critical incidents.
Related Reprocessing based on a Recovery Plan unique to you.
Further tools and Closure to move forward in your life.
Can EMDR be done online?
Yes! It is just as effective as in-person EMDR therapy.