At times I will suggest that we work on your concerns with a proven therapy called EMDR or “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing,” which is a mind-body approach to change. EMDR is one of the best things I have found for changing emotional reactions, negative thought patterns, entrenched habits, and often times even physical discomfort that people can’t just “think themselves out of.” It has a fancy name but the process itself is as easy as a guided meditation and other mindfulness exercises. In fact for you as the client, it is a lot like free association where you will be asked to just notice what happens for you.
We will work with "highly charged" memories in a gentle way for the purpose of reducing distress while at the same time moving you towards more of how you want to think and feel. For instance, if you get tense in social situations and have thoughts or beliefs like "I am not good at meeting people" we will work with your past experiences from memory until the tension eases and spontaneously move you towards positive thoughts such as "I can try" or "I'm likable." This isn't you trying to be positive — it will shift the actual, deeper sense of what is true. It can be difficult to believe, but EMDR is able to shake up negative thoughts and belief systems anchored in your past experiences and to transform them into positive thoughts. It can decrease tension and reduce how activated or uncomfortable you get in future similar situations. This is done by reprocessing the information stored in your mind-body from previous experiences including emotionally and physically overwhelming ones that can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder and other diagnoses.
EMDR provides the ability to essentially reverse negative patterns that have developed in your brain, body, and nervous system. The end result of EMDR treatment is to reduce and eliminate negative thoughts & feelings, to increase and strengthen positive thoughts and feelings, and to enable you to really be at your best in your everyday life. I am certified in EMDR by the EMDR International Association.
- Learn more about EMDR for Trauma.
- See EMDR Frequently Asked Questions.
- For more information on how I work with performance issues see David's Grand's video on brainspotting.