In the world of therapy EMDR is a tried and true proven method of treatment that accesses trauma locked in the nervous system. There are times in life when we become triggered and react to a situation in a way that might surprise us. Years have passed and we think “that should not bother me anymore…yet it does.” EMDR is one of the most important methods to emerge in therapy in decades. It enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing and traumatic life experiences that may have happened years ago. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR in therapy people can experience the benefits of traditional psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference and bring relief. Now deep emotional pain can be released and allow you to heal in a very short period of time. Just as the body has an innate ability to heal from physical trauma, EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma as well. EMDR allows you the opportunity to face your fears and feelings directly enabling you to process quickly and come to a resolution quickly. The emotional charge around a distressing incident is amazingly removed from your traumatic memories. The memory is left intact, but it will no longer make you feel scared, anxious or disturbed when you think of it. The goal of this therapy is to create neutral memories where there used to be painful ones. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health and a state of wholeness when given the chance.

EMDR accelerates the treatment of a wide range of pathologies, low self-esteem issues and self-limiting beliefs related to both upsetting and disturbing past events and present life conditions and stresses. During EMDR, you are able to process a memory safely which leads to a peaceful resolution, resulting in increased insight regarding both previously disturbing event and the negative thoughts that have grown out of the original traumatic event. Your inherent information-processing system is activated through the use of directed bi-lateral stimulation (eye movements) when facilitated by a trained practitioner. Alternative forms of stimulation including sound or hand taps can be used, as well as the Eye Scan 2000 light bar, which was developed especially for the EMDR process.

Who Can Benefit from EMDR?

Controlled studies of victims of combat, rape, molestation, abuse, accident, catastrophic loss, terrorism, bombings, natural disaster, etc. indicate that the EMDR method is capable of rapid desensitization of traumatic events. This includes the restructuring of distorted beliefs and a significant reduction of client symptoms such as emotional distress, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, and nightmares associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) It is also effective with anxiety, phobias, and depression, Visit https://www.emdr.com for more in depth information.

Deborah has been in private practice since 2000 using a variety of modalities helping facilitate clients’ emotional healing process. Her integrated approach combines EMDR with a variety of other modalities such as use of art, image, creative process and sandplay. She works with all ages. For more information about her other offerings visit https://www.imagePathways.com

EMDR sessions will be offered at both ImagePathways Creative Arts in Newcastle and at LightPathways Wellness Center in Penryn.

Please contact Deborah at LightPathways with questions about EMDR.