EMDR Therapy for PTSD, (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is the state-of the-art technique for healing trauma and symptoms of Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder. I’ve had amazing and significant results with my clients with this technique. EMDR has been effective in helping my clients deal with the processing and release of unwanted emotional blocks for the purpose of eliminating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the effects of trauma — particularly anxiety, depression, protracted grief, physical ailments, sleep disturbances, fatigue, phobias, nightmares, and flashbacks.
EMDR therapy reprocesses memory fragments (visual, tactile, auditory, etc.) that have not been fully integrated, that is, never “made it” into long term memory and thus result in symptoms. When we are traumatized our left and right brains disengage much as a home’s circuit breaker kicks in when an electrical storm overloads it. The result is that the right brain (providing sensory experiences and emotions) does not have the benefit of the left brain (the logical and rational processes) to help make sense of the experience and thus provide emotional closure. EMDR is particularly helpful for reprocessing trauma (PTSD), anxiety, phobias, and grief.
Here is what experts and the media are saying about EMDR:
- “Recent independent studies have found EMDR up to 90% successful.” – Association for the Advancement of Science
- “Ideal for those who have been unable to forget traumatic life events.” – Dusty Bowencamp, RN, CTR, Disaster Mental Health, American Red Cross
- “EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) provides “a way for people to free themselves of destructive memories and it seems to work, even in cases where years of conventional therapy have failed. – Hugh Downs, 20/20, ABC News
- EMDR… which to newcomers sounds implausible and way too good to be true, may become the psychological wonder cure of the nineties, the non-pharmaceutical equivalent of Prozac.” – New York Magazine
- “Within two or three or four sessions, we had resolved issues that I’d been discussing for four or five years with other people” – Eric Smith, Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD, quoted on 20/20, ABC News
- “In four, hour long EMDR…sessions I was able to get at issues that years with other therapists couldn’t touch.” – Sherry Morgan, rape trauma survivor, quoted in the Orange County Register
- “EMDR…is the most revolutionary, important method to emerge in psychotherapy in decades.” – Herbert Fensterheim, Cornell University
I offer EMDR in my office in Orangeburg, Rockland County, NY near Westchester, northern NJ, and NYC. I also practice in Warwick in Orange County, NY