Therapist Specializing in EMDR

Certification & Training
Certified EMDR Therapist
EMDR International Association
Austin, TX

What is EMDR Therapy?Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a unique therapy that has been extensively researched and proven effective in the relief of debilitating emotional symptoms. As a certified EMDR therapist, I utilize a set of standardized protocols to assist clients who have experienced extreme trauma such as active combat, personal assault, accidents and surgeries, leading to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). EMDR is an effective treatment for those who have experienced earlier chronic traumas such as abuse and neglect.

EMDR is an evidence based treatment approved by many insurance companies.

How EMDR Therapy WorksNo one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain.
However, EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. 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 impact on daily living.

Following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relieves the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind.  You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting.

EffectivenessControlled studies investigating the effectiveness of EMDR have consistently found that EMDR decreases/eliminates the symptoms of (PTSD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for the majority of clients.

The American Psychiatric Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies designate EMDR as an effective treatment for PTSD.  EMDR was also found effective by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense, the United Kingdom Department of Health, the Israeli National Council for Mental Health and many other international health and agencies. 

An Actual EMDR SessionDuring EMDR the client is asked to identify a specific problem, calling to mind the disturbing issue or event, what was seen, felt, heard, thought, etc., and what thoughts and beliefs are currently held about that event.  The therapist facilitates the directional movement of the eyes or other dual attention stimulation of the brain, while the client focuses on the disturbing material, and just notices whatever comes to mind without making any effort to control direction or content.  Each person will process information uniquely, based on personal experiences and values.  During EMDR, the client may experience intense emotions, but by the end of the session, most people report a great reduction in the level of disturbance.

How Long Does EMDR Take?One or more sessions are required for the therapist to understand the nature of the problem and to decide whether EMDR is an appropriate treatment. Once the therapist and client have agreed that EMDR is appropriate for a specific problem, the actual EMDR therapy may begin.  

A typical EMDR session lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. The type of problem, life circumstances and the amount of previous trauma will determine how many treatment sessions are necessary. EMDR may be used within a standard “talking” therapy or as a treatment all by itself.