EMDR is a non-invasive, self-healing therapy that has been used by trained mental health professionals since 1989.
EMDR reduces sensitivity to traumatic experiences, distressing feelings and negative beliefs.
EMDR is a quick and effective treatment using alternating eye movements, auditory and/or tactile stimulation. This stimulation unblocks disturbing, non-verbal information stored in memories and allows the information processing system to reach a healing resolution unique to the individual.
Although not part of the original EMDR treatment for mental health issues, clinical experiences have repeatedly demonstrated that EMDR also helps accelerate the physical healing process. It also helps with performance enhancement, whether it involves behavioural, mental or emotional functioning in areas such as creativity, academia, athletics or business.
This information on EMDR was adapted from www.healthyplace.com.
Some examples how EMDR helped my patients:
- A man who was sexually abused as a child by his hockey coach came to me to resolve posttraumatic stress, anxiety and depression. He completed the sexual abuse issue after seven sessions.
- A man whose verbally abusive and physically abusive father murdered his mother when he was 16 years old came to me to resolve the issue of his mother's murder, his father's physical abuse towards him and his brother. Those issues were resolved quickly.
- A young woman who wanted to enter dentistry school at university came to see me since she was pulling out her hair and was afraid to fail her dentistry entrance exam. She resolved both her issues in six sessions.
- A young woman was extremely afraid of getting vaccinated with a syringe or any needle. She resolved her issues in six sessions.
- A woman came to see me since she had been struggling with depression and negative thoughts. Despite Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, she was still having negative thoughts, depression, anxiety, and fatigue. She had 35 issues that she wanted to resolve. After resolving two exceptionally disturbing events the other 33 disturbing events were all resolved since they were all associated to the main emotional theme of Betrayal. When she finished the EMDR she said:
"I can view the (disturbing) situation without emotion and with a fresh perspective. EMDR is like clearing out the closet of the mind; cleaning out feelings that I don't need anymore. I have space to unfold my potential."
For more information on EMDR, the following websites and books will be helpful: