You may have heard that EMDR therapy is helping patients make significant and life-changing recoveries from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
EMDR Therapy has been so successful, that experts are now using it to treat other mental health disorders.
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of psychotherapy for desensitizing anxiety (taking away or lowering distress) and reprocessing traumatic/negative memories.
EMDR was developed by psychologist Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. in 1987. It is based on the idea that psychological difficulties are related to the brain’s failure to adequately process traumatic memories.
Of course, most mental health experts support the notion that past experiences have at least something to do with our current coping styles, relationship difficulties, and psychological struggles. This idea is certainly not new.
How Does EMDR Work?
EMDR therapy is different in that it helps patients to specifically search for and address memories related to current symptoms.
During EMDR therapy, traumatic experiences and their related triggers are processed through bilateral (back and forth) eye movement stimulation.
As negative/traumatic memories are adequately processed with EMDR, symptoms recede and memories get more effectively connected to other related memories and information, allowing shifts in thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and physical sensations.
Healing involves spontaneous movement toward positive thinking and more manageable feelings and a significant reduction in distress and anxiety experienced in one’s body.
EMDR Therapy: Hope and Healing for Other Disorders
Research shows that EMDR therapy can also be used to successfully treat performance and anticipatory anxiety, phobias, pain, grief, disordered eating, addictions, and even unexplained medical conditions.
As part of my continuing education as a psychotherapist, I have recently completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.
I am overjoyed at the positive outcomes my clients are experiencing with EMDR therapy; we are seeing a reduction or complete remission in PTSD and a wide range of other symptoms and problems.
Could EMDR Therapy Be Right for You?
If you would like to experience the benefits of EMDR therapy, please feel free to contact me through www.isobelmcgrath.com, or call (904) 806-8840. I offer a free 15-minute call to help you determine if EMDR or other therapies might work for best your needs.
To your health and happiness,
Isobel McGrath is a licensed International Mental Health Counselor, Life Coach, and Certified Hypnotherapist located in St. Augustine, FL.
Isobel provides EMDR and other therapy, counseling, life coaching, and hypnosis in person at her St. Augustine Beach office, and through Telehealth. She is dedicated to providing exceptional, collaborative care, and truly cares about her clients and their well-being.