Jennifer Caple, LCSW
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
EMDR is a specific therapy I can provide if appropriate. EMDR enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of therapy 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 like 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 a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.
The studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following conditions:
loss of a loved one, injury of a loved one, car accident, fire, work accident, assault, robbery, rape, natural disaster, injury, illness, witness to violence, childhood abuse, victims of violent crimes, performance and test anxiety, trauma, depression, anxiety or panic, phobias, fears, childhood trauma, physical abuse, sexual abuse, post-traumatic stress, bad temper, overwhelming fears, panic attacks, low self-esteem, relationship problems, brooding or worrying, and trouble sleeping.
Originally developed as an addition to the preparation phase of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), FT has been demonstrated to be effective in reducing the disturbance level associated with severely painful memories, sometimes in as little as ten to fifteen minutes. Like EMDR, FT utilizes eye movements or alternating tapping and is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain.
FT can help children and adults of all ages. It is useful in a wide variety of presenting complaints including anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, mild and severe dissociation, depression and more.