Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive approach to psychotherapy, originally developed by Francine Shapiro, a Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California in 1987. EMDR has been clinically proven to accelerate the treatment of a wide range of problems and self-esteem issues related both to disturbing past traumatic events and present life conditions. This interactive approach has been empirically tested with clients who have experienced a broad range of disturbing life experiences, including accidents, loss of a job or a loved one, rape, sexual molestation, exposure to combat and natural disasters. EMDR offers a reprocessing of disturbing life experiences resulting in a significant reduction or elimination of symptoms such as emotional distress, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks and nightmares. EMDR is also used to treat relationship problems and self-esteem issues as well as anxiety, depression, complicated grief reactions and phobias. It can also alleviate performance anxiety at work, on the playing field and in the performing arts.
EMDR psychotherapy uses elements of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies, using structured protocols to target past experiences and current situational triggers that engage dysfunctional beliefs and emotions. By reprocessing disturbing life experiences, clients are able to implement sustainable solutions, which result in lasting change. Additionally, they are able to create healthy relationships in which they are able to connect in more authentic ways.
We continue to stay committed to the mental, emotional, and physical safety and well-being of all of our clients and the community at large. To that end, we will be temporarily closing the physical office and offering counseling sessions through TELEHEALTH ONLY, starting immediately after Thanksgiving and continuing at least through December 31st. This is not likely to change the dates or times of your appointments.
Because the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase and hospital beds continue to become harder and harder to find for COVID patients, we are implementing this safety measure for the two weeks after Thanksgiving and will assess after the two week period ends. It is also highly likely that we will move to telehealth again at Christmas, if not before.