EMDR

(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

was originated by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the late 1980’s. It is an approach to psychotherapy which presumes that we have a natural tendency to heal from not only physical wounds but from emotional wounds as well. However, emotionally distressing events can sometimes be stored physically, in the memory of our nervous system, in a dysfunctional way, such that they continue to produce disturbing symptoms long after they would have ordinarily healed. EMDR utilizes eye movement, alternating tapping and/or alternating sounds within a framework which addresses the negative thoughts, beliefs, painful emotions and body sensations attached to these events. The goal is a healthy and natural resolution to these events which frees the individual to live without the emotional physical and behavioral reactivity to the memories of the past and associated or similar life experiences.

As is true with many innovations, EMDR was initially considered rather controversial by some. More than twenty years now from its beginning, EMDR has been well researched and is approved by the American Psychological Association as an effective treatment for post traumatic stress disorder. It also has possible applications to any situation where a past event is still impacting an individual’s emotional and behavioral functioning in an undesirable, reactive way.

I was originally trained in EMDR in 1992 by Dr. Shapiro. I have served as a facilitator in trainings offered by the EMDR institute since 1993. I am also a Certified EMDR therapist and an Approved Consultant in EMDR. As an Approved Consultant, I provide consultation with other professionals in training toward Certification. I am also one of the Regional Coordinators for the EMDRIA Regional Network in the Denver area. I use EMDR often in my practice, simply because it is the most effective and efficient method I have found to date for helping individuals come to an adaptive resolution to events of the past which are still distressing in some way.

 

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