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EMDR THERAPY

You are not quite yourself. You can't put your finger on it, but the way you are moving in and reacting to your daily life is starting to cause a lot of problems.

 

It's hard to get up in the morning and feel hopeful about the day.

Your partner complains that you are not emotionally available, or maybe worse, too emotionally activated by way of anger or controlling everything around you.

 

You have a hard time with boundaries at work, pushing yourself too hard and not being able to shut your brain off when it's time to come home.

 

You're drinking more, watching too much tv, or engaging in any activity so you don't have to feel anything.

 

Overall, you're just trying to get through the day the best way you know how.

You're in survival-mode, even though you know that doesn't make any sense because to the outside eye, your life looks fine.

But this is not the way you envisioned living your life.

We often get stuck in this mode of operating for various reasons. Sometimes it's unresolved trauma. Sometimes it's simply enduring difficult seasons of life and lacking necessary support and resources. Either way, you don't have to continue this way. And even better? There's an effective and efficient way to get you unstuck and moving forward in your life.

 

EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a form of therapy that rewires the brain and reset the nervous system. Essentially, it returns you to factory settings. You get to experience a normative response to the stressors of everyday life. No more "out of proportion" reactions to life, or feeling shut-down over the smallest of things. 

 

EMDR is typically used for processing trauma but can also be helpful to alleviate distress in other areas of life such as anxiety, depression, or an overall feeling of "stuck-ness" that many of us have felt.

 

EMDR is a strategic process, consisting of eight phases that you don't need to worry about -- that's my job. And it's one I do well. If you're interested in learning more about what an EMDR experience looks like, take a look at this pdf I created to take some of the mystery out of it.

 

Interested in EMDR? 

Schedule a free consultation to discuss this option and what it could mean for you. 

FAQ

Do I need EMDR therapy?

This is a common question when an individual begins feeling like something in their life is off. Therapy can be helpful for all kinds of issues such as:
 

  • sadness, hopelessness   

  • stressed, anxious thoughts  

  • traumatic events

  • parenting or family conflict

  • divorce or partner betrayal

  • substance abuse, addiction

  • grief and loss

  • fertility, postpartum struggles

  • Unemployment, career change

  • LGBTQ+ support

  • racial identity difficulties

  • financial troubles

  • spiritual deconstruction, trauma

  • food or body image issues

  • adjustment to life issues (recent health diagnosis, empty nesters, moving, etc.)

 

Everyone encounters one or more of these issues throughout their lifetime. Some individuals have a harder time moving through them. EMDR gives these individuals an opportunity to understand what the struggle means for them, while giving them the tools to cope with the discomfort and come out on the other side in a better place than when they began. 

How does it work?

The first session is for history-taking and hearing more about what is troubling you. I ask a lot of questions, but not because I enjoy people and love learning more about them (I do! Just not for this purpose). This helps inform me where some trouble spots may be, and also to hear about all the strengths you bring to your life that we get to use and expand on.

 

The next few sessions involve a few assessments, as well as going over resources that will assist you in your journey. This will also help me know if EMDR is the right fit for you. I take safety very seriously and would never risk a client's emotional safety for feeling that EMDR is always the right modality. If EMDR isn't a good fit, we will discuss what other options are available to you so you can continue on in confidence with your healing journey.

 

Once we both feel confident in our working alliance and safety has been established, then we begin processing some of the harder stuff. To read more about what this entails, check out this pdf on EMDR.

How often do I need to attend?

Weekly is best, as it creates some momentum around the work that needs to be done. I believe in transparency with my clients, so we will have this conversation as much as needed for you to feel comfortable that you are getting what you need while balancing other factors where more frequent sessions are not possible.

How long is a session, and what is the fee?

EMDR Sessions are 80 minutes long (one hour and twenty minutes) and are $200.

What is an EMDR Intensive?

If you are interested in getting a lot of work done in a short amount of time, an EMDR intensive is perfect for you.

 

EMDR intensives can be booked as well, ranging from 2-4 hours, 3 times a week. Clients who choose this route achieve their goals faster than doing shorter, weekly sessions over time. The overall cumulative time processing is reduced significantly. This means less time in therapy, less time feeling dysregulated, and more opportunity to get back to living your life. The fee for an intensive depends on the length of time and frequency during the week. If you're interested in booking an intensive, schedule a free consultation call where a fee can be calculated for you.

What if I can't afford therapy?

Therapy is an investment. It costs you emotional energy, physical energy, and certainly financial energy. For many needing services, the latter can be a huge barrier to reaching out. Whether you are wanting to meet with me or another provider, I urge you to reconsider and reach out anyway. We can discuss what your options are depending on the need.

 

One of the biggest frustrations with therapists is that private pay mental health services are not typically covered by insurance. While I cannot guarantee that your provider will reimburse you for our services (it varies by provider), you will receive a superbill that can be submitted to your insurance, where they may reimburse you.

How can I work with you?

If you are interested in working with me, feel free to reach out to me with any questions, or schedule a free consultation. The consultation would give us a chance to meet, and what your therapeutic needs may be. Depending on your goals, we would discuss how I could help and what that process might look like. From the moment you reach out, confidentiality begins, so even if you decide we wouldn't be a good fit, your story will remain confidential.

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