At times I will offer EMDR for couples but no longer practice EMDR with individuals

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing

Unresolved trauma is probably both the most important and the most misunderstood aspect of your personal history. A traumatic event can be a single incident, or something that happened repeatedly or over a long period of time. It is an individual's experience of being helpless and overwhelmed by a situation that determines if it will be perceived, consciously or unconsciously, as a trauma. EMDR treatment is a psychotherapeutic method that has been clinically shown to reduce the distress of traumatic events.

Using Bi-Lateral Stimulation

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is a therapeutic process utilizing eye movements, sound or pulsations to stimulate both hemispheres of the brain. Focusing on a distressful (or positive) experience along with bi-lateral stimulation, brings about changes in the brain that, when completed, brings a person more in a state of balance.

What is an EMDR Session Like?

The experience of EMDR is uniquely individual: It can be very intense, or relatively mild. Some clients have described the process as putting together fragments of thought and memory into a cohesive whole.

One of the most intriguing things about EMDR therapy is that it can be used to reduce distress as well as increase a sense of well-being. That is why the same technique can be used both for PTSD (post-traumatic stress) symptoms brought on by a horrifying traumatic event and also for performance enhancement in the workplace.

Although a single distressing incident may resolve in a few sessions with EMDR, if your symptoms are a product of many traumas or an extended period of intense stress such as an abusive childhood, extensive preparation may be necessary. Your emotional safety is essential to this process, and EMDR works best in a trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationship.

Does EMDR Work?

Many people have experienced outstanding results with this research-based therapeutic process, originated and developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. Researchers have been studying the effects of EMDR on the brain to explain its success, and although there are many theories to explain its effectiveness, we don't really know how it works. However, even without a full explanation, there is plenty of research to show that it is very effective.

Whether your goal is to repair the damage of trauma, develop relationship skills, or enhance work or personal performance, brain changes have to occur. EMDR therapy combines the best of everything we know about change, along with quality connection with a compassionate, non-judgmental therapist.

I invite you to contact me to learn more about how unresolved issues from your past may keep you from enjoying success and happiness now and in the future. As a caring professional skilled in the therapeutic use of EMDR, I support your quest for health, happiness and well-being.


Deborah Singer licensed in VT, NJ, MA, ME, NH, NY, CT. Online sessions available.

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