EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables clients to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences stuck in their memory network.
EMDR therapy can help clients accelerate their therapeutic process that may have taken longer by some traditional therapy. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. However, EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the obstruction is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy helps clients activate their own natural healing processes.
I was trained in EMDR therapy in 1990 by EMDR therapy’s founder, Francine Shapiro, PhD, and have been a facilitator clinical trainer and consultant for her EMDR Institute since 1991. My practice has since been centered on this comprehensive therapy approach and have been heartened by many client’s conversion as a result of this amazing therapeutic approach.
Please visit www.emdr.com for more information about EMDR therapy.
Jocelyne R. Shiromoto, LCSW
Jocelyne R Shiromoto, LCSW