EMDR

What is it?  

EMDR is an evidence based therapy used for single incident trauma, developmental trauma, veterans, people struggling with food issues, and much more.  

How does it work?

The EMDRIA website answers that question with the following statement:

"No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes "frozen in time," and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.
 

EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way."

(https://www.emdria.org/page/119)

How do I know if it is right for me?

Let's chat about it.  We can have a conversation about why you are interested and explore if it will be the right fit for you or if I feel I can help you using it.

Does it work for children and teens too?

YES!  EMDR works for both children and teens.

Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding EMDR.

Ashley Grant, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #105584