Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
The EMDR approach believes past emotionally-charged experiences are overly influencing your present emotions, sensations, and thoughts about yourself. As an example: “Do you ever feel worthless although you know you are a worthwhile person?”
EMDR uses rapid sets of eye movements or other BLS to help you update disturbing experiences, much like what occurs when we sleep. During sleep, we alternate between regular sleep and REM (rapid eye movement). This sleep pattern helps you process things that are troubling you.
EMDR replicates this sleep pattern by alternating between sets of eye movements and brief reports about what you are noticing. This alternating process helps you update your memories to a healthier present perspective.
To learn more click this link and learn and watch how EMDR has been used internationally.
EMDR can be offered as your primary form of therapy or as adjunctive therapy, while you continue to work with your current talk therapist.
I also offer EMDR in hourly, intensive, and retreat models. Hourly EMDR is the only type of EMDR currently covered by insurance. For more information about fees and insurance click here.
Here are some additional resources on EMDR:
What is Adjunctive EMDR therapy?
It is providing EMDR therapy short-term while in collaboration with your current talk therapist. It can be beneficial for individuals who have felt they have made great progress in talk therapy, but a recommendation for EMDR has been given or they want to try it for themselves for further in depth work.
I provide Adjunctive therapy through hourly weekly sessions, through intensives, or through retreats per your interest and goals.
IFS Informed EMDR
IFS informed EMDR integrates two evidence practices: Internal Family Systems (IFS) which is considered a nonjudgemental therapy to address different "parts" of self and identifies each person as a system of parts and helps to identify and support harmony within the system and concepts like self compassion and curiosity. EMDR: a trauma approach that utilizes bilateral stimulation to decrease emotional distress around distressing events and situations.
With IFS informed EMDR, we focus less on the event and more on the parts and how they are impacting you and bringing awareness to the parts that may contribute to you feeling "stuck" in traditional EMDR.
IFS informed EMDR, supports individuals with a history of complex PTSD, Disassociation, and strong feelings or parts related to protection. It can also be seen as a gentler approach compared to standard protocol as it allows for your system of parts to lead progress and work through their concerns before desensitization begins.
EMDR Intensives are 3 hour or 6 hour focused EMDR therapy hours meant to provide faster results or fit better into that busy lifestyle of yours.
EMDR intensives are a way to make months worth of progress in a single day or few short days. They can be completed as an adjunctive therapy alongside meetings with your current talk therapist. For example, one 6 hour intensive is equal to 6 weeks of hourly therapy.
Intensives are offered virtually in MA, RI, FL, or VT or in person in Millbury, MA. At this time, insurance does not cover intensive treatment.
Additional Resources for EMDR Intensives: