What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a thoroughly researched trauma treatment modality and is the gold standard for PTSD. If you’ve had a recent trauma and are in need of support, you’ve come to the right place. Seeking help from a professional can be scary, especially if you’ve just been through something painful. Feelings of fear, confusion and powerlessness can be activated, sometimes to the point where the brain cannot “process” what’s happened.

Images and emotions can feel “stuck” in the body. You may re-experience the incident as if it’s still happening, or be bothered by flashbacks, upsetting dreams, or intrusive thoughts. Sometimes, stimuli that reminds you of the incident can trigger panic or emotional upheaval.

As an EMDR-trained psychotherapist with the Parnell Institute, I will help you “re-process” the events using something called “bilateral stimulation,” which will help your brain, your emotional center, and your body fully understand that the events are over, thus providing relief.

We will use techniques to provide distance so that you know that you are not “re-living” the event. You can stop or open your eyes at any time. It is not hypnosis and you will not forget what’s happened to you. Rather, the goal of EMDR is to remove the painful sting of the event, while keeping your objective memory of it intact.

Please note that while EMDR can be very effective at treating trauma and PTSD, it is not a “quick fix.” Using EMDR for trauma-related symptoms can take anywhere from one month to one year or more depending on a number of different factors. However, it’s best to start as soon as possible after the event.

EMDR is also effective with other issues such as anxiety, depression, or addiction.

 More information can be found on www.emdria.org


Sarah Henley
Psychotherapy & EMDR

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist LMFT86122

(415) 966-0631 sarahhenley@hush.com

1910 Olympic Blvd. suite 360
Walnut Creek, CA