Do memories from your past affect your present?
Have you experienced traumatic events as a child or as an adult
and have difficulty getting over them?
Do you have persistent anxiety, fears, or phobias that you want to address?
EMDR is an extremely effective form of psychotherapy that is used to treat anxiety, depression, anger, panic, complicated grief, sexual abuse, sleep problems, obsessive compulsive disorder, symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and more. It can dramatically shorten the length of treatment and clients often report some immediate relief of their symptoms.
This approach involves use of alternating lights, taps, tones or vibrations to stimulate the right and left hemispheres of the brain or alternating rapid eye movements. EMDR also involves targeting a specific memory, being aware of where the disturbance is held in the body, the emotions related to the memory and a negative belief that individuals have about themselves when they think of the memory. In preparation for treatment, clients are taught stress reduction tools, relaxation strategies and gain an understanding of how their beliefs about themselves are related to the symptoms they experience. The goal of EMDR is to reprocess disturbing memories so that individuals can experience changes in perception and attitude, moments of insight, and differences in the way they think, feel and behave.
I have successfully used EMDR with clients of all ages for problems such as:
- Anxiety & Depression
- Fear of heights
- Grief & loss
- Pain Disorders
- Social phobia
- Car accidents
- Childhood abuse
- Recent Trauma (sexual, physical, emotional)
- Trauma related to combat
- Sexual assault
- Eating disorders
... and more
Traumatic experiences can cause troubling and even debilitating symptoms such as depression, stress, anxiety, or even a condition called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is not necessary to have that diagnosis to benefit from the positive effects of EMDR. This type of therapy was created by Francine Sharpiro, Ph.D, and is used worldwide. For more information about EMDR therapy please go to www.emdria.org.
Nothing improves on its own.
Let’s get started.
Deborah Carnett, M.Ed, M.S.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
509 12th Avenue SE, Suite 18 ۰ Olympia, WA 98501