What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a client centered therapy. Disturbing memories and events that we still have a negative reaction to have not been effectively processed. We may still be affected by these memories in subtle ways we are not even aware of.

EMDR therapy can help us to process these negatively charged events or memories so we no longer have the physical, emotional, or psychological responses we had prior to treatment.

In EMDR therapy a person can process through their issues more quickly. This can help one spend less time in therapy and more time doing life. What a concept!

The Process

I believe we are born with an emotional lens through which we view life. From childhood on we encounter many events, sometimes wonderful, sometimes disturbing, some we would call traumatic. Most often we can process our feelings and our reactions to these experiences within minutes or hours. Sometimes it may take a couple of days to work through it and go on with our lives.

Survival

When we can’t process the feelings and thoughts, we find ways to keep going. We may bury them deep within our memory, hoping they won’t come up again. Or we may find ways to detach from our feelings, expecting that in time our feelings will go away.

Negative Beliefs

These unprocessed events get “stuck” and the emotional lens becomes clouded. We form negative beliefs about ourselves (i.e. “I’m a bad person”, “I’m not good enough”, “I’m a failure”, “I’m not safe”). In our heads we may know these things aren’t true, but in our hearts and bodies, we feel they are. Life gets built on these beliefs. They now get in our way of self-growth, relationships, being happy, feeling peaceful, spirituality, experiencing life and being in the moment. This cloudiness can also play a big part in anxiety, depression, poor decision-making, substance abuse, inability to be successful, poor self-esteem, and the list goes on!

EMDR Therapy

EMDR is a wonderful therapy that can help people process those “stuck” negative beliefs, fears, and traumas. These imbedded memories and feelings can be processed and become a part of a person’s story, minus the angst. After EMDR therapy, clients often say they can see life more clearly (they are not talking about their vision!). They also say they feel lighter, the weight has lifted!

If you would like to make an appointment, please call me at (626) 355-8480. You are also welcome to call if you have any questions regarding EMDR or my practice.