EMDR Therapy: Healing from Disturbing Life Experiences

By Maria Russell, MACC, LPC

Hi. My name is Maria Russell, and I am a therapist at Southlake Counseling. I have recently returned from an intense 3-day EMDR training workshop, and I am excited to share my experience with you.

120810 - eyeYou may be asking yourself, “What is EMDR?” EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This therapy was originally designed to alleviate symptoms associated with traumatic events. However, after years of research, it has been discovered that EMDR is also an effective intervention in traditional psychotherapy. During a session, EMDR therapy can be used to enable an individual to heal from symptoms of emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences – the type of experiences that are common for many individuals to encounter, not only extreme traumatic events (http://www.emdr.com/faqs.html).

The training has really opened my eyes to many new possibilities of how to treat my clients. Through using EMDR, I can more effectively decrease anxiety and panic attacks, rid clients of phobias, help clients process feelings of sadness, frustration and anger, and also improve a client’s self-esteem and self-worth.  This EMDR intervention also works very well for children who are struggling with sadness or anxiety, or for those who are exhibiting behaviors and feelings that they may not fully understand.

120810 - eye1I am very excited to begin using EMDR therapy because this intervention can be so effectively woven into other forms of psychotherapy (including DBT and Equine Therapy). This treatment has such positive results, and fortunately it can be applied to almost any client, no matter what issues the client may be experiencing.

If you are interested in learning more about EMDR or scheduling a session, please call Southlake Counseling at 704-896-7776.

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