Are you suffering with residual shame, pain, or humiliation from physical or sexual abuse?

Has depression taken over your life and continue to get worse?

Do you have nightmares or flashbacks that are making your life seem unbearable?

Does worry keep you up at night, robbing you of precious hours of sleep?

While many people struggle with deep psychological or emotional pain, the thought of talking, rehashing, and revisiting week after week as part of the therapeutic process prevent some of them from contacting a therapist for help.

Good News – An Alternative to Traditional Therapy

There is more than one road that leads to healing.  EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a proven and highly respected treatment that has been shown to be effective in treating symptoms of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, trauma, and much more.  It has been proven to take over where talk therapy alone leaves off, and can help you or someone you love process past trauma, abuse or neglect in half the time of traditional therapy.

How Does EMDR Therapy Work?

  • It thoroughly processes problematic emotions and replaces them with healthier ones needed for optimal functioning.
  • It helps you to learn what is useful to you from an experience, and to store that information with appropriate emotions in your brain so it can be a positive resource for you in the future.
  • Allows you to leave dysfunctional emotions, beliefs, responses, and ideas behind you, so you can pursue healthier perspectives and relationships as you move forward.
  • EMDR Therapy assumes that your brain wants to heal, and it accesses mental processing and reasoning that were previously unreachable, causing anxiety and stress to quickly dissipate.
  • It removes mental blocks that get in the way of healing.
  • The process follows a standardized treatment protocol focused on past memories, present problems, and future action to achieve healing.
  • EMDR Therapy is focused and straightforward.  The work primarily takes place during sessions as you, guided by your therapist, follow a protocol combined with bilateral stimulation to target your pain, fear or trauma.
  • Homework is not required, but some EMDR therapists may recommend a journal of meaningful feelings or memories, as well as other adjunctive assignments that could enhance the healing process.
  • The insights realized through EMDR Therapy are mostly gained by your own processing of your experiences, rather than your therapist’s interpretation of your experiences.  This leads you to feel empowered to move forward, embrace the therapy, stay with it, and make changes quickly.

I have been a Certified EMDR Therapist since 2004.  I continue to be amazed at the remarkable results achieved by my clients on a daily basis utilizing EMDR Therapy.  When you would like to explore what EMDR can do for you, please call or email me so we can discuss any questions you have.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Linda K. Laffey, MFT

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