EMDR is a highly successful treatment that helps individuals suffering from the effects of trauma (rape, car accidents, combat, loss of a loved one, for example), as well as those suffering from other conditions such as depression and anxiety. It can also help people overcome fears about handling things in the future, such as a job interview or an encounter with a difficult person from one's past.

EMDR is an extensively researched treatment method; numerous studies have demonstrated its ability to help individuals heal from psychological problems associated with trauma. EMDR integrates a number of the elements of successful treatment approaches with eye movements or other rhythmic stimulation that engage both sides of the brain. In so doing, the brain's information processing system is activated, which allows an individual to become desensitized to a targeted event or problematic situation. The person is then able to integrate new beliefs about themselves and let go of dysfunctional, growth-inhibiting ways of thinking.

I have used EMDR for many years and have found it to be an invaluable tool in my work with clients. If you'd like to discuss whether EMDR might be helpful to you, please call me at 703-532-2424.