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EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was developed by psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s to resolve trauma-related disorders caused by exposure to distressing events such as rape or military combat. However, in recent years EMDR has been used to successfully address many other issues for people of all walks of life.Woman and Brain pic

Dr. Shapiro, through her large body of research and patient work, points out that not only major traumas have lasting effects. She refers to large traumas as “large T events,” most often diagnosed as PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). But our lives are filled with “small t events” as well. Explains Dr. Shapiro, “Small t events are those more prevalent experiences that make us feel unsafe, unloved, without control or hope. These can be humiliations, or failures, or losses of any kind.”*

These traumatic events may be situations that are either experienced personally or witnessed. For example, EMDR is particularly effective in addressing:

  • Emotionally painful or frightening experiences, such as accidents (e.g., a car accident)
  • Acts of violence, the threat of violence, or abuse
  • Natural disasters, house fires
  • Depression, including post-partum depression
  • Death of a loved one
  • Job loss, divorce, serious illness, or any other major life disruption
  • Witnessing frequent suffering through one’s occupation, such as police officers; firefighters; EMTs; doctors and nurses, particularly emergency room or ICU staff; hospice workers or other caregivers
  • Military/combat experiences
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
… [I]n 1999, both the American Psychological Association and the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies approved EMDR as a valid therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Click below for more detailed information about EMDR and its applications and benefits.

Understanding Trauma

Trauma in Children

How EMDR Helps

EMDR has been an indispensible tool in my practice. It has provided me with the opportunity to witness and share my clients’ relief when they finally become free of the burden of trauma that they have carried with them, sometimes briefly, sometimes for most of their lives.

Click to learn more about how your initial EMDR session with me will work:
What to Expect From Our First Session



*Source: EMDR: The Breakthrough “Eye Movement” Therapy for Overcoming Stress and Trauma (Updated Edition), by Francine Shapiro & Margot Silk Forrest

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Susan Leutheuser, CCHt
Transitional Hypnotherapy
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