What is EMDR Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing
About 12 years ago, I found myself with a client who was not responding to CBT. He was working on trauma-related issues but we just weren't making the progress I usually had with clients.
Feeling rather stuck I headed to the World Health Organization (WHO) website to search for trauma therapy tools. Guess what came up? EMDR Therapy!
I won't lie to you. I rolled my eyes. Yes, actually!
You see around that time EMDR Therapy was new and when it first came out the idea of waving my hand across someone's face to make them feel better and reprocess memories sounded ridiculous - and definitely not professional!
Well...apparently I wasn't the only one. Francine Shapiro, who created EMDR Therapy, had allowed the tool to be researched extensively.
The result? Well... it was smack in front of me!
Hands down World Health Organization clearly recommends EMDR Therapy for not only trauma but many other mental health treatments (Anxiety, Depression, Grief etc.)
Being who I am I endeavoured to learn EMDR Therapy from one of the best of the best in the world.
I'll never forget that first day of training.
Mostly because I embarrassed myself a bit.
Kathy Martin, world-renowned trainer, asked if anyone had doubts or had not tried EMDR Therapy...my hand popped up (without my consent).
So of course she picked me for a demo and proved to me how powerful this therapeutic tool is.
And the rest..is EMDR therapy history!
My learning journey led me to become trained, then certified, then a consultant to other clinicians, and a mentor to our team.
EMDR Therapy is so incredibly powerful it is regulated by EMDR-International Association and is only available to advanced clinicians.
When looking for an EMDR Therapy provider be sure that they are registered with EMDRIA so their credentials and training are up to date! (At FKC we make sure we all are!)
SO what exactly is EMDR Therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and other causes of distress.
EMDR Therapy reprocesses how a memory network is stored and functioning so that your maladaptive memories are stored in a more adaptive way.
This means that EMDR Therapy helps you to resolve memories so they are not intrusive - uninvited or influencing you in ways you don't want to be.
EMDR Therapy is different from talk therapy. EDMR sessions have less talking and more focus on you working through carefully selected images in your mind with a highly trained therapist so that you yourself are doing the healing and the therapist is simply there as a guide to support you.
Many patients prefer EMDR Therapy where the client does not continue to repeat the traumatic story. Repeating or writing down a traumatic story can in fact re-traumatize you since it comes from a different part of the brain!
EMDR is frequently used to treat mild to severe trauma including PTSD - however, it is also proven to be effective for depression, anxiety, attachment, grief, high-performance situations such as in social situations, athletics, child birthing, job interviews, presentations & other workplace circumstances.
What is EMDR Therapy?
**Farah has over 300 hours of specialized EMDR training by top trainers in the field, and has followed up by investing years into consultation she continues to opt for ongoing monthly consultations to ensure she is appraised of new research and best practices - Farah's passion for excellence in service motivates her to continue well beyond standard requirements.
She is EMDRIA certified and provides clinical consultations to EMDR clinicians.
The associates on her team are also highly trained and continue ongoing training and consultations with her.
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