EMDR Therapy: Freedom from the Past

Many people are familiar with the idea of post-traumatic stress because it is so dramatic and life-disrupting. Hypervigilance, emotional upset, fear, numbing, and intense flashbacks or nightmares are just some of the symptoms of this painful state. I work with that using EMDR therapy, but I also work with some of the more subtle effects of a painful past. For instance, have you ever noticed how difficult it is to speak up for yourself when you needed to, or how difficult it is to take care of yourself when someone else is in need? Some people have a hard time letting go of the ways their traumatic or difficult past has shaped their self-concept and behavior. I see this with people who have had dysfunctional childhoods, emotionally or physically abusive romantic relationships, or even people who have been bullied in the past or discriminated against because they were not part of the dominant culture. All these experiences can linger far longer than they need to. EMDR therapy can help resolve them so you can enjoy life in the present.


EMDR therapy was developed by Francine Shapiro in the 1980's and is based on the Adaptive Information Processing model. It helps people get unstuck from painful events in their past by allowing the experience to be fully processed, which releases the negative self-concepts, emotions, and body sensations that have been trapped in your body for so long. People often feel terrific after the events are cleared because they can finally be free of all the old coping styles that might have worked back then, but don't work anymore.

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I have been using EMDR for many years and have been certified by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) as an EMDR Therapist since 2008.


This means that I have had many hours (and years now) of experience doing EMDR along with group and individual consultation from people who have even more experience and years of EMDR therapy than I. I love seeing how people can release things that have been bothering them for years, with lasting results. The joy and freedom of living in the present can be yours!


If you think it would be helpful for you, I would love to hear from you. My number is 661-233-6771.