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EMDR is a treatment for trauma and addiction developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D.  EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  She describes it as "a complex approach to psychotherapy combining many successful elements of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, experiential and body-centered therapies with bilateral stimulation (i.e. eye movements, tones, tactile) to facilitate the brain's natural ability to heal psychologically."  She believes "EMDR promotes the mind's ability to access, desensitize, and resolve memories and feelings that have been 'stored away' or avoided because of the emotional discomfort associated with painful life events.  It is an empirically validated clinical treatment that has helped individuals who have survived trauma, including sexual abuse, domestic violence, combat, and crime.  It has also been helpful to those suffering from a number of other difficulties, such as depression, addictions, phobias, and a variety of self-esteem issues."

The EMDR institute states:  "EMDR has a broad base of published case reports and controlled research that supports it as an empirically valid treatment of Trauma.  The Department of Defense/Department of Veterans Affairs Practice Guidelines has placed EMDR in the highest category, recommended for all trauma populations at all times.  In addition, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies current treatment guidelines have designated EMDR as an effective treatment for PTSD (Chemtob, Tolin, van der Kolk & Pitman, 2000) as have the Departments of Health of both Northern Ireland and Israel which have indicated EMDR to be one of only two or three treatments of choice for trauma victims.  Most recently, the American Psychiatric Association Practice Guideline (2004) has placed EMDR in the category of 'highest level of effectiveness' for treatment of trauma."

Ms. Shapiro believes EMDR can benefit:
        ▪    Those who have experienced childhood neglect and trauma
        ▪    Individuals who struggle with substance or behavioral
        ▪    People who have been exposed to trauma as a child
              (i.e. divorce, moving, sexual or physical abuse, panic attacks
              of unknown origin) or an adult

For further information visit the EMDR Institute website:  www.emdr.com


EMDR Therapy for Adults and Children with Debi Briesacher

EMDR change occurs rapidly compared to conventional psychotherapy.  This model incorporates the notion of self healing and spontaneously generated recovery once the proper nodes are accessed, and the information processing system activated.

With EMDR the client is always in control.  You are merely processing old memories which present no current danger.  As Peter Levine has said "Just because you feel fear does not mean there is a tiger in the room."  Just go through the memories like we are driving a car through your old neighborhood - you can speed up or you can slow down - I would encourage you not to avoid them, though.

EMDR processing will only access that information that the brain or psyche believes you can handle.  You are in control at all times.

EMDR can neutralize discomfort, make positive beliefs more valid, negative beliefs less valid and enable clients to learn new skills.

Nothing is imposed upon you during treatment.  If you need to stop, simply hold up your hand and I will stop immediately.

Just remember, even as we see the scenery passing by, there is no real danger.  Everything you are seeing has already happened.  Just be an observer and let whatever happens, happen.

My goal is to help you feel empowered and in control of you treatment.  Hopefully, this will result in a higher level of self-esteem and self-efficacy.  You are the traveler, and I am just the guide.