EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, was developed by Francine Shapiro, PhD in the late 1980’s, and has undergone extensive evidenced based research.  EMDR activates both the right and left brain hemispheres to provide rapid resolution of trauma, fears, and can also be used for many other issues a client could face that could range from the simple to the more complex.   For more information on EMDR, please check out the site of the International EMDR Association, here: EMDRIA, .  It is the client that guides the therapist in setting up this process.  The inner resources each client has is what guides and aids in the healing process using EMDR.

EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment. Eye movements (and other bilateral stimulation) are used during one part of the session. The therapist and client together determine a target to work on, and the client will then follow audio, tactile and perhaps visual prompts which will activate bilateral processing in the brain.   As this happens, for reasons believed to be connected with the biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, internal associations arise and the clients begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings. In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level.  EMDR uses eye movements stimulated by lights, which replicate the eye movements  and sensory stimulation (pods that provide alternating light buzzes that are usually held in the client’s palms) as well as audio stimulation,  which can be either sounds or music of the client’s own choosing.  While not removing the trauma or disturbing memory, the client achieves enough distance that the experience is no longer triggering for them.

Twenty positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR.  There has been so much research on EMDR that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense. (source, emdr.com).

There is an introductory period  of at least three sessions without this modality first, to determine if this treatment is applicable. If one has undergone EMDR with another clinician first, and is coming to LifeBalance to continue, there still must be 1-2 sessions without EMDR to determine whether or not the client would still benefit.   You can see the informed consent form for EMDR treatment at LifeBalance here.

Rita is also in the process of Sensorimotor psychotherapy training, which concentrates on connecting body motion and movement with mind, awareness and changes in thought process.

For further  information call 862-210-9459, or email us at lifebalancecounseling@gmail.com.