EMDR | Orlando Trauma Therapy
Are you still feeling depressed or lonely, despite the practice of positive thinking?
Are you angry all the time, and don’t know why?
Are you frustrated that “real you” is buried by hair-trigger, out of control emotions?
Have phobias limited your life despite your best efforts to overcome them?
Have you been in therapy “forever,” wrestling with the same old problems?
Have you tried cognitive therapist only to find your emotions still ruling your life?
Do you want to calm the chaos of self-defeating thoughts, feelings, and behaviors?
Do you want to get to the root cause of chronic symptoms?
Do you want to reduce stress and its negative impact on your physical health?
EMDR therapy might be a great help to you if you answered yes to these questions
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of therapy used to help safely process and heal people from emotional distress/symptoms due to past disturbing experiences. According to EMDRIA, “EMDR has been extensively researched and proven effective treatment for trauma. The therapy is designated as an effective treatment by World Health Organization and U.S Department of Health and Human Services.” It is a powerful psychotherapy approach that has helped an estimated two million people relieve many types of psychological distress.
According to the EMDR Institute,
“Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians can help clients activate their natural healing process.”
Watch this Ted Talk below to understand more about EMDR and to hear from a personal testimony on how EMDR can heal trauma.
How Can EMDR Be Helpful & What Kind of Problems Can EMDR Treat?
- Break free old patterns
- Overcome persistent blocks
- Heal and resolve the past
- Reduce and eliminate trigger
Research has shown EMDR to be widely successful for post-traumatic stress. Clinicians have also shown improvements in the following issues:
- Complicated Grief
- Disturbing Memories
- Panic Attacks
- Physical & or Sexual Abuse
- Stress Reductions
- Eating Disorders
- Performance Anxiety
But Does EMDR REALLY Work?
When a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes “frozen in time”, and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time. Images, sounds, smells, and feelings might not have changed and feel as intense as the initial experience.
These type of memories have a lasing negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people. After a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind.
Approximately 20 controlled studies have found that EMDR effectively decreases/eliminates symptoms of post-traumatic stress for the majority of clients. Client often report improvement in other associated symptoms such as anxiety
The current treatment guidelines of American Psychiatric Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies designate EMDR as effective treatment for post-traumatic stress. EMDR was also found effective by the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, the United Kingdom Department of Health, the Israeli National Council for Mental Health, and many other international health and government agencies.
Research showed that EMDR can be an efficient an rapid treatment for trauma. For further references, a bibliography of research may be found through EMDR International Association’s website.
Meet Our EMDR & Trauma Therapist
Colleen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with specialized training in trauma and teen counseling. She values and makes it a point to foster a safe and non-judgmental environment where honesty and openness can take place. Colleen has been utilizing EMDR therapy since 2016 with children as young as 7, teens, and adults.
Along with EMDR, Colleen also includes other therapy modalities and techniques such as sand tray, music, and art. In addition to trauma and teens, Colleen specializes in anxiety problems, life transition struggles, college student issues, and multicultural and race-related distress. Visit her bio here to read more.
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