What is EMDR?
EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing, is an integrative approach that has been extensively researched and is proven highly effective for the treatment of trauma. This approach can help to resolve traumatic experiences, whether past or present. Survivors of abuse, assault, accidents, chronic illness, combat, natural disasters or other incidents of traumatic stress have all benefited from the skillful use of EMDR. It has been shown to be twice as effective in HALF the amount of time of standard traditional psychotherapy treatments alone.
How does EMDR work?
There is no certain answer to how any modality in psychotherapy works on a neurobiological level. We do know, when a person is very upset, the brain cannot process information as it normally does. Suddenly, we are overwhelmed and our usual ability to cope is unavailable to us and the event becomes “frozen in time”. Remembering the trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time. Over time, the stress can have a lasting negative effect, interfering with the way we perceive the world and how we relate to people. Basically, trauma has the capacity to inform all areas of your life causing you to make impulsive or unhealthy choices based on past events.
Following a successful EMDR session, normal information processing is resumed and you will no longer relive the images, sounds and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You will still remember the event, however it will not activate or trigger you in the same way. Clients describe is as, “It feels like a fuzzy dream, now far away,” “I feel lighter,” or “It’s just not as upsetting” to name a few.
Who practices EMDR?
Mental health professionals who have taken both Part 1 and Part 2 of an EMDRIA-approved training program are considered qualified to practice EMDR. Erika Martinez-Gonzales has completed both parts of the basic training through EMDRIA. She attends regular consulting groups and attends annual trainings to continue to expand her knowledge and expertise.If you would like to learn more about EMDR you can read more on the EMDRIA website at emdr.site-ym.com or contact Erika Martinez-Gonzales, LPCC at (505) 261-9770 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org