EMDR, More Than Just An Effective Trauma Treatment

EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is a type of therapy that gives people the opportunity to heal from adverse life events or other traumatic life experiences.

EMDR is an evidenced based practice meaning there have been many, many, many trials of using EMDR and proven effective in treating symptoms related to trauma exposure.

Many people who have been through other talk therapy treatments without much effectiveness can also tremendously improve by trying a different approach such as EMDR.

As an EMDR Level 2 trained clinician, I offer EMDR therapy to a variety of folks. EMDR is becoming more and more widely known — especially after the American Red Cross endorsed EMDR as their effective trauma treatment. But what many people do not know is that EMDR can be helpful for many than just PTSD.

EMDRIA describes EMDR to be helpful with a variety of issues such as:

EMDR therapy helps children and adults - all ages. Therapists use EMDR with a wide range of challenges:

  • Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias

  • Chronic Illness and medical issues

  • Depression and bipolar disorders

  • Dissociative disorders

  • Eating disorders

  • Grief and loss

  • Pain

  • Performance anxiety

  • Personality disorders

  • PTSD and other trauma and stress related issues

  • Sexual assault

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Substance abuse and addiction

  • Violence and abuse

EMDR about healing memories and not just for war veterans or those who have experienced physical abuse. EMDR might be the right fit for you. You can find out more about EMDR and how to find an EMDR therapist on: www.EMDRIA.org

An Art Therapist? For me?


There is good news!

Art therapy is not concerned how the art product turns out. ⁣⁣Yes, stick figures are just as good as realistic drawings in art therapy treatment. ⁣

For some clients, art therapy treatment doesn’t include drawing at all. Art therapy uses the language of metaphors.⁣
The artwork you create does not have to be aesthetically pleasing or even finished. In my clinical experiences, I have used a variety of art therapy interventions with everyone from toddlers to life-sentenced elderly inmates.⁣⁣
Many therapists use art in therapy, but only a handful in this area are certified and trained in clinical art therapy. When seeking art therapist for you or your child, I encourage folks to look for appropriate credentials and educational experience. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
The American Art Therapy association is a great resource in finding a credentialed art therapist in your area. But art therapist friendly tip: the letters looks something like ATR, ATR-BC, ATR-P, and ATCS near or around their name. ⁣⁣
If you don’t know — ask the therapist about their training — about art therapy credentials or anything otherwise. It is your time, your space, and deserve to find a therapist whom you have a clear sense of their education and training level. ⁣⁣