Trauma is defined as an experience that produces psychological injury or pain. The experience can be big or, at the time, it can seem rather inconsequential, but memories of the experience can become locked in the mind and body. These memories can be triggered, even years later, by situations that resemble or are reminiscent of the original event.
EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (sometimes also referred to as Eyes Move to Digest and Recover), is a therapeutic treatment designed and recognized for effectively treating trauma, as well as depression and anxiety. Using this integrated approach, clients often experience rapid relief from long-held painful experiences and memories.
Certified in EMDR since 2012, I use this technique to treat a range of experiences, including but not limited to car accidents, fires, and distressing medical procedures (such as getting stitches, surgery, MRIs). I also use EMDR to treat social anxiety and performance anxiety. It is equally effective with people of all ages — children, teens, and adults.
Want to learn more about EMDR? Watch this video.