Joanna is a LEVEL II trained EMDR clinician and holds professional certification from The EMDR Institute, www.emdr.com.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a multi-phase, evidence-based therapy that has been around since the early 1980’s.
EMDR can reduce trauma symptoms from events such as accidents, abuse, medical trauma, grief, loss and a host of other situations that cause anxiety, grief, intrusive and unwanted thoughts, stress, PTSD, and emotional distress that interrupts daily life.
Briefly, How Is EMDR Done?
EMDR therapy happens in 8-Phases:
1) In Phase 1, generally 1-2 sessions are used to OBTAIN YOUR TRAUMA HISTORY.
2) Phase 2 is used for PREPARATION. During this phase, we identify relaxation techniques to use in different phases throughout EMDR.
3) Phase 3 is about ASSESSMENT & REPROCESSING. We identify the distressing memories to be processed, and target certain areas to process within those memories.
4) Phase 4 focuses on disturbing EMOTIONS and SENSATIONS of the disturbing memory. You will use bilateral movement/stimulation (using hand tactile pulsars and/or headphones) until relief of your targeted memory occurs. Memory networks in the brain are rewired through EMDR. This process can happen in one session or multiple sessions, depending on the way your brain has stored your memories of trauma.
5) Phase 5 is about INSTALLATION. You will increase current positive beliefs with the original trauma negative belief attached to the memory.
6) Phase 6 is about BODY SCANNING. Throughout EMDR, we explore the stored physical sensations related to your memory. Sometimes internal relaxation and imagery techniques are utilized to reprocess this phase.
7) Phase 7 is about CLOSURE. During this Phase, you will work towards closure.
8) Phase 8 is all about REEVALUATION. Evaluating the status of your treatment and how the distressing memory has either improved or still lingers is key in this stage. We will determine if you would benefit from more reprocessing of original trauma memories.
When EMDR was created by psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro PhD, she had clients follow her hand with their eyes as she moved it side to side and up and down, for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). At Highlands Ranch Counseling and Coaching we use hand tactile pulsers and/or headphones for offering bilateral stimulation.