EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)
What is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a powerful psychotherapy approach that has helped over an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress.
How does EMDR Therapy work?
When a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information like they do ordinarily. One moment can become “frozen in time,” and remembering a trauma can feel as bad as going through it for the first time, because the images, smells, sounds and feelings haven’t changed. These memories can have a lasting affect that interferes with the perspective the person has on the way they see the world, as well the way they relate to other people.
How Long does EMDR therapy take? Just like other types of therapies, it takes one or more sessions to understand the nature of the problem and to decide whether EMDR therapy is an appropriate treatment for the client. The therapist will also discuss and answer questions about this type of therapy. The EMDR therapy will begin, once the client and the therapist have agreed that this EMDR therapy is appropriate for a specific problem.
EMDR therapy can be used within a standard “talking” therapy, as an adjunctive therapy with a separate therapist, or as a treatment all by itself.
What kinds of problems can EMDR therapy treat?
Scientific research has established EMDR therapy as effective for post-traumatic stress (currently over 20 controlled studies have investigated the effects of EMDR therapy). Clinicians have also reported using EMDR therapy in the treatment of the following conditions:
- Disturbing Memories
- Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
- Stress Reduction
- Panic Attacks
- Complicated Grief
- Dissociative Disorders
- Body Dysmorphic Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Performance Anxiety
- Pain Disorders
- Personality Disorders
Daisy Taylor’s training and experience in using EMDR
I was trained in EMDR in 2007. Since then I have become an EMDRIA Certified Therapist as well as an EMDRIA Certified Consultant (meaning I meet with therapist to help them with their certification process).
- I belonged to a Trauma Response Network in California and have done volunteer, EMDR therapy for individuals and groups who have suffered from natural disasters such as the “Paradise,” fire in California.
- I have traveled to Africa on three occasions in the past 4 years. Each time was to help with Ugandan therapist’s training in EMDR. I have been a facilitator for their EMDR training as well as taught several advanced workshops for them.
- I have served for 4 years as a Regional Coordinator for the Northern California EMDR Networking group. I have taught numerous trainings within this group through-out the years.
- I have led an EMDR Consultation group for the past 12 years in Woodland, CA.