Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a powerful fast-acting therapy technique that can be used to relieve the effects of painful emotional experiences or other traumatic events including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Many people who do not get results from other methods, such as talking with a counselor or taking medications, do find safe, rapid and effective results from EMDR.  This technique does not involve hypnosis or taking medications and it is non-invasive.  It may be used in conjunction with any of the above methods, or as a stand-alone treatment.  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has listed a series of scientific studies on EMDR and concluded that, “Overall, argument can reasonably be made that there are sufficient controlled studies that have sufficient methodological integrity to judge EMDR as effective treatment for PTSD.” A therapist who is fully trained in EMDR will first meet with the client, and learn more about the problems that the client faces.  The therapist will fully explain how the treatment is given and there is plenty of opportunity for the client to ask any questions about the treatment.  Once the therapist and the client agree that EMDR is the right treatment for a specific problem then the treatment can begin.  Sessions last 50-90 minutes and the type and severity of the problem will dictate the number of sessions. EMDR can be used effectively in a wide range of circumstances: •  Victims or witnesses of traumatic events such as accidents, burns, crimes, natural disasters who suffer from PTSD •  Physical or sexual abuse •  Bad recurring memories of any kind, including bad memories from childhood •  Loss, or injury of a loved one, including divorce •  Public speaking fears or other forms of stage fright which contribute to performance anxiety •  Panic attacks •  Anxiety •  Phobias, including fear of being in crowds, driving, flying, of spiders or of being alone •  Undeserved feelings of guilt or shame •  Relationship problems (Suzanne sometimes uses EMDR in conjunction with Marriage Counseling) Suzanne is a trained EMDR clinician with experience in treating all of the above conditions, and more.  Please call Suzanne at 301-272-1320 for a free telephone consultation to find out if EMDR may be right for you.
What is EMDR?
Suzanne Corcoran, LCSW-C, Counseling for Couples and Individuals in Rockville, Maryland