My EMDR Training
I completed my 50 hour EMDR basic training through the Maiburger Institute in Boulder, CO in July 2106. Since then I have taken numerous hours of additional training including the Maiburger Institute's EMDR advanced workshops; EMDR Therapy Tools for Attachment Trauma, EMDR Therapy Tools for Chronic Pain and Illness, and in July 2018, EMDR Therapy Tools With Somatic Interventions. I particpate in a monthly consultation group with Arielle Schwartz and am in the process of becoming a certified EMDR therapist through EMDR International Association.
What is EMDR Therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.
Does EMDR just treat trauma?
Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress. However, there has also been reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:
- Complicated Grief
- Disturbing Memories
- Sexual or Physical Abuse
- Stress Reduction
- Body Dysmorphic Disorders
How Does EMDR 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 because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.