Trauma and EMDR

After experiencing a traumatic or distressing event, it’s normal to find yourself getting "triggered" by reminders of the incident. You may start to feel – emotionally and sometimes even physically – as if you’re right back in that moment again.

If you’ve ever tried to talk yourself out of feeling a certain way about a traumatic event, but still felt the same months or even years later, you know that simply rehashing what happened doesn't help.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a proven treatment that now has more than 20 years of research behind it, offers better relief for trauma. Using an integrated approach that takes into account images, thoughts, body sensations, and other sensory information, EMDR has helped millions of people move beyond trauma to lead healthier, happier lives. EMDR has been recognized as an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress by the American Psychiatric Association, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. EMDR is particularly well-suited for those who have experienced “single-incident” traumas, including:

  • Miscarriage/pregnancy loss
  • Traumatic medical diagnosis and/or procedures
  • Sexual assault or rape
  • Robbery/other crime
  • Car or other accidents
  • Natural disasters
  • Combat trauma

EMDR can also be used to treat:

  • Panic attacks
  • Complicated grief
  • Phobias
  • Pain disorders
  • Performance anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Childhood abuse and neglect

As one of few certified EMDR therapists located in D.C., I am happy to answer any questions you may have about this therapeutic approach and whether it might be a good fit for you. To read more about EMDR, please visit the EMDR International Association site here.