When you experience challenging life events or distressing emotions, it can be difficult to know how to move forward. At first, you may have tried to just forget about what happened or repress your feelings. However, denial can only get you so far. In order to truly feel better, you need to process your difficult memories and emotions. EMDR is one of the most effective ways to do this.
EMDR stands for “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.” It is different from other forms of therapy because it uses eye movements and/or other kinds of stimulation to help people process their experiences.
During therapy, you will hold intense memories in mind while the therapist instructs you to move your eyes back and forth, following their hand.While the fancy name can make it sound intimidating, many people find EMDR helpful. The process may also seem a bit unconventional, but this technique has been heavily researched.
Ready to give it a try? Schedule your free consultation today to learn more.
Feeling stuck? I’ve been there. I spent too long trying to ignore my own stress and anxiety. However, once I acknowledged what I was going through, I was able to make changes and start feeling better.
Now, I help anxious millennials do the same.I believe that authenticity is vital to the healing process. You can expect me to be my genuine self in your session and to create a space where you can express yourself without judgment.
I value what you have to say. While I have training and experience helping people, I recognize that you are the expert in yourself. I view therapy as a collaborative process--we’re in this together. My therapy practice is entirely online, making it more convenient for you to get help. No need to add more stress into your life! If you’re a resident of Iowa or Idaho, you can connect with me from the comfort of your own home. When you can easily access counseling online, it also makes you more likely to consistently attend sessions. This can help you get the most out of treatment.
Think we might be a good fit? I want to help you move from burnout to recovery using EMDR.
There are some common questions my clients ask about EMDR online.
EMDR was originally developed as a treatment for traumatic memories. While it is still an effective way to help people heal from trauma, early research has also shown that EMDR may be used to help with other issues, including:
→ Panic attacks
→ Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
→ Eating disorders
→ Chronic pain
If you have questions about how EMDR could be helpful for your specific situation, schedule a free consultation today so we can discuss it.
EMDR uses different techniques to help people process painful feelings and memories. Typically, EMDR therapists guide clients to track a moving object (such as the therapist’s finger) with their eyes. Sound and touch are sometimes used too. These types of methods are used in combination with other techniques to help people heal.
EMDR is also different in the sense that people do not necessarily have to talk about their challenging experiences in detail. The therapist and client may discuss general themes, but EMDR can be effective without discussing specific details of trauma.
EMDR is a structured type of therapy that takes place in eight phases.
During the first phase of treatment, we will discuss your personal history. Together, we will hone in on a few specific points to focus our attention around. From here, we will make a treatment plan. This will include things like how frequently to meet, how many sessions we will have, and more.
In phase two, we will discuss ways of coping. This includes using strategies you may already use as well as learning new tools for dealing with difficult emotions. Having a solid set of coping strategies will help you both in and outside of our sessions.
The middle phases of EMDR treatment is where the work happens. Here, we’ll process the focus points we identified during our first session together using techniques that are specific to EMDR.
Phase seven begins as our work together wraps up. Here, you’ll keep a log between sessions and we can discuss whatever patterns, issues, or successes come up.
Finally, phase eight consists of reviewing your progress. We’ll take stock of everything you’ve learned and discuss how to apply your new skills to future situations.
In short, yes.
Research has shown that EMDR is an effective way to help people process difficult experiences and emotions. The mechanisms behind EMDR are complex, but the basic idea is to reduce the intensity of your feelings around certain painful memories.
As far as online therapy goes, there are many reasons why people like (and even prefer) getting help this way. Convenience is one of the major appeals of online therapy. You don’t have to worry about taking extra time to drive to my office--in fact, I work with people in multiple different states. If you live in Idaho or Iowa, you can access care without having to leave the house.
Being able to attend sessions from your own home can make you feel more comfortable opening up. Online EMDR allows you to get help in a space you feel at ease in--plus, you don’t have to worry about running into someone you know in the waiting room. Our conversations will remain entirely confidential.