Introduction to
EMDR Therapy

Discover how EMDR therapy works, what is is like, and how widely it is recognized.

Courtesy of EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
https://www.emdria.org

 

About EMDR
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

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What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. EMDR therapy has been extensively researched and is recommended for trauma treatment. Our brains have a nature way to recover from traumatic memories and events. 

Sometimes this natural recovery process cannot be resolved without help. EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. For many clients, signs of trauma like those above will diminish or disappear once EMDR therapy is complete. 

Source: EMDRIA.org

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What is Trauma?

Experiencing or witnessing a frightening, dangerous, frightening or violent event can overwhelm our body's natural coping abilities. Exposure to death, injury, abuse, or sexual violence often causes trauma. Other common life events like job stress, divorce, or accidents can cause a trauma response as well. People respond to trauma in many ways.
Source: EMDRIA.org

Signs of Trauma

  • Depression, sadness or social isolation

  • Feeling the need to be hyper-aware or alert in case of danger

  • An exaggerated startle response, on edge

  • Increased irritability, sudden anger attacks

  • Feelings of shame, guilt or intense worry

  • A sense of numbness in life 

  • Nightmares or flashbacks that relive the traumatic event

  • Avoiding situations that may be reminders of event

  • Difficulty functioning in daily life

  • Substance abuse or dependence

Source: EMDRIA.org

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Why work with Ursula?

Ursula has been motivated to get trained in EMDR ever since she received the treatment for her own trauma. The fact that EMDR is so efficient and effective made her want to offer the service as a career. 
In addition to basic training, she pursued certification. To qualify as a Certified EMDR Therapist requires one to have extensive and continuous training, to be supervised by a Certified Consultant, have a minimum number of years as a therapist and a minimum number of hours providing EMDR. In addition, one needs to be recommended by their colleagues.