Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a way of processing your painful experiences. It helps your brain to interpret those experiences as less troubling or extreme as you remembered them originally and also to create new meaning and ways of coping with that experience or experiences.
EMDR does this in a few different ways. The first is that you will stimilate both the right and left hemispheres of your brain with what is called bilateral stimulation. This is traditionally done with eye movements going side to side as you think about a stressful event or experience. Now often hand tappers and/or sound is used in addition to or in substitution of the eye movements. The second part is to keep a dual awareness of the past experience as well as the present moment. With so many parts of the brain stimulated new connections are made when the processing occurrs.
EMDR has been around for about 30 years. This is fairly new in the field of psychology but has been extensively researched and has been proven to be as valid as any other approach to therapy. The benefit of this form of treatment over others is how quicky you can feel better. Benefit is significantly faster than other forms of treatment. Below shows the brain scan of an individual with PTSD before EMDR, which showed a highly aroused state of anxiety and stress. After four sessions of EMDR, her brain scan is is indicated on the left which shows a normal level of activity. These results are typical and hold up with long term follow up.
EMDR Intensives are offered to individuals who would like to address symptoms is a more accelerated way than our normal weekly EMDR sessions or traditional counseling. The research on EMDR intensives show that it is highly effective. Research indicates that these programs have a faster rate of improvement of symptoms, work in a very short time, are safe and effective, and decrease overlap in treatment.
Intensives might be right for you if you:
You want to accelerate your healing process.
You have been meaning to get into weekly therapy but your schedule is too hectic and demanding for weekly therapy.
You are needing help right now and don't want to spend months in traditional weekly therapy appointments.
You are a current weekly client who would benefit from extra, focused support quickly.
You are a new client and just prefer to work intensively.
EMDR INTENSIVE PROGRAM OPTIONS
Half Day Program
This half day program includes one 90 minute preparation session, one three hour EMDR session, and one 90 minute follow up session. A customized client workbook that will help accelerate the process and give you greater understanding.
Three Day Weekday Package
This program includes one 90 minute preparation session, three EMDR sessions (three hours each), and one 90 minute follow up session. A customized client workbook that will help accelerate the process and give you greater understanding.
Three Day Weekend Package
This program is offered on the weekend for clients who are traveling for this service or who need the weekend flexibility. This includes one 90 minute preparation session, three EMDR sessions (three hours each), and one 90 minute follow up session. A customized client workbook that will help accelerate the process and give you greater understanding. We can help you arrange accommodations if you are traveling from out of town.