When a disturbing or traumatic event occurs, it can get locked in the brain with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, feeling and body sensations. This information gets stuck in your nervous system and can get triggered later, often manifesting as recurring nightmares, anxiety and panic, chronic pain, or other intense symptoms. It can feel like you’re reliving an event, trapped in a memory.
EMDR stands for Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. By using bilateral stimulation (moving your eyes back and forth to simultaneously engage your left and right brain hemispheres), we seem to stimulate that stuck information to allow the brain to reprocess the experience. This process may be what is happening during REM sleep.
The goal of EMDR is to significantly reduce or remove your symptoms so you can heal and move on from your experience. The amount of sessions needed depends on your symptoms and will be discussed in the first session.
- Anxiety & panic attacks
- Performance & test anxiety
- Trauma & PTSD
- Grief & loss
- Chronic pain
- Insomnia or recurring nightmares
- Relationship problems
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Low self-esteem
Ashleigh practices EMDR with teens (age 12+) and adults. She offers a free 20-minute phone consultation to discuss whether this treatment is right for you or your child. EMDR can be done in conjunction with talk therapy or as a standalone treatment.