Posts tagged #EMDR

The beauty of EMDR

This weekend something so powerful occurred in my office and I have to share! 

I have a client who has completed several EMDR sessions.  (If you'd like more of an idea of what these sessions are like, I will soon be posting a video series!)  She has processed a significant amount of messages throughout her childhood that she is not loveable, that she must earn love, that she is not good enough.  We moved on to installing her positive belief system- I am loveable, I am enough.  She got a bit stuck in her childhood because she could still feel her parents presence and their negative messages.  I asked her what she needed to be able to help her get unstuck.  She said that she wanted to tell herself the positive messages.  So we started some bilateral stimulation....    

Organically and naturally, this session became about this client "re-parenting" her childhood self.  She went through the memories surfacing from infancy to adolescence and allowed her adult self to tell her childhood self, "You are not bad", "You are okay, we are okay".  As the sets continued, she began to see herself supporting her childhood self, such as attending one of her school performances.  She felt herself hold her childhood self's hand and hug her childhood self.  

It was remarkable. Powerful. Amazing.  She gave herself what she did not receive as a child. This is what EMDR does that traditional talk therapy cannot.  When allowed, the brain and body give a person exactly what they need to heal.   

Feel free to contact me for more information, resources, and/or a demonstration of EMDR.   

Follow up to this blog:  my client said she had an AMAZING week!  Any time she had a rough moment she used her visualization from last session to help her through.  Her self care also skyrocketed this week- exercise, healthy eating, and taking time for herself.  So thrilled for her!

Posted on March 29, 2015 and filed under EMDR, PTSD.

EMDR 102

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is effective, like really effective.

After a recent Twitter conversation about healing trauma, favorite methods, and posting success stories; I decided instead of posting how I think EMDR has been powerful to use with my clients, I would ask my clients their thoughts....here are some success statements:

"EMDR is the best therapy I have ever done...I've seen results I've never gotten before... It addresses triggers I didn't realize bothered me... You can't avoid your feelings or mask like you can with talk therapy...The process reduces the power of the experience, makes it manageable, and have an understanding why..."

"Other therapies are a cover up... don't get rid of the root of it...(other therapies) help you cope but you still have it"

If you'd like to read more about this treatment and research about its effectiveness click here

If you have your own EMDR or other trauma healing success story, please share in comments!

Posted on January 28, 2014 and filed under EMDR, conifercolorado.

EMDR 101

What?

EMDR standsfor Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  It is an entire therapy treatment model that includes cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and body therapies with the additionof bi-lateral stimulation to treat numerous symptoms.  Bi-lateral stimulation can come from eyemovements (watching a light bar or your therapist’s fingers move back and
forth), leg tapping, tones in headphones, or hand “buzzers”- all that move from
right to left and back again.

How?

  Francine Shapiro developed the protocol after realizing that while looking back and
forth at the views in a park, her difficult memories seemed less disturbing.  Research indicates that EMDR is effective at reducing disturbing memories, emotions, and symptoms.  The two major theories are that EMDR stimulates REM sleep and/or right and left brain processing to “make sense” of the disturbing thought or memory (this is known as Adaptive Information
Processing, AIP). 

Why?

  EMDR is researched to be effective and efficient at reducing disturbing symptoms.  We all deserve to be our healthiest and to be able to address disturbing memories and negative beliefs about ourselves. A client recently stated after completing EMDR, “I did a lot of work in talk (cognitive behavioral) therapy.  I kept reaching a certain line that I have now been able to break through, cross, and really move forward in my life”. 

What EMDR is not:
EMDR is not hypnosis; it does not numb or make memories go away.  The client is ALWAYS in control.  The memories exist with emotions attached,
but the “punch” is less significant. 

Great books to learn more about and determine if EMDR is
right for you:

Getting Past Your Past by
Francine Shapiro

Tapping In by Laurel
Parnell

EMDR Essentials by Barb
Maiberger

Or contact me for further information about EMDR: conifercounseling@gmail.com

Posted on July 9, 2013 .