EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
…Bringing relief from Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, and more
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WHAT IS EMDR THERAPY? HOW DOES IT WORK?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a highly researched method of psychotherapy that has helped millions of people around the globe. EMDR therapy uses bilateral (both sides of the body) stimulation of one or more of your senses to activate a natural healing process within the brain. This process engages both the left and right hemispheres as well as multiple levels of your brain’s experience toward healing.
Developed in 1987 by Francine Shapiro, EMDR therapy has helped people heal from a wide variety of traumatic and disturbing life experiences ranging from physical, sexual and emotional abuse to major life losses, accidents, surgeries, natural disasters, addictions, stressful relationships, and many more day to day stressful life encounters.
EMDR has also helped people gain more confidence, ease, security, and peace in themselves, their relationships, and life situations. EMDR therapy supports healing from specific and known challenging experiences as well as from pervasive ways of thinking and feeling that have their roots in past unsupportive situations or environments.
WHAT DOES EMDR THERAPY LOOK LIKE?
EMDR therapy begins with a conversation with the therapist to pinpoint your healing goals. Next comes identifying the inner and outer support and resources in your life, and strengthening your connection to them. When ready, you will begin thinking consciously about what has been disturbing to you as you experience the bilateral sensory stimulation through sound, sight, or physical sensory vibration.
The bilateral experience helps to strengthen your internal resources while diminishing your level of distress in relation to past disturbances. You do not forget or lose your memory of these experiences while undergoing EMDR therapy. Rather, your relationship to them, your stress levels, and your beliefs about yourself and the world shift to the positive.
To learn more or view frequently asked questions, this link will take you to the official EMDRIA website.
EMDR Therapy Intensives
Why choose an Intensive?
EMDR therapy intensives provide a time-out from your busy life, time where you can focus on your own health, healing, and well-being. Intensives — facilitated in Boulder, CO — include two extended EMDR sessions a day, along with ample time to rest, spend time in nature, and listen to your personal needs and natural rhythms to help you integrate the learnings from each session.
The first task is to assess your personal healing goals, and to explore if EMDR is the best method of therapy for you at this time. If together we determine it to be a good fit, we will schedule an intensive lasting from three-to-six days.
Transportation, lodging, and meals are your responsibility, unless otherwise agreed upon. We can suggest accommodations, or include food and lodging as an additional healing retreat fee.
To schedule a consultation with one of our EMDR-trained therapists for traditional on-going sessions or an intensive, get in touch with us via the form below.