If you feel like you’ve tried everything... EMDR may be for you.
What is EMDR?
Many of our therapists at our Uptown Dallas, Rockwall, Plano, and Denton, Texas locations are trained in EMDR and are happy to explain the process more thoroughly to you.
Negative emotions, feelings and behaviors are generally caused by unresolved earlier experiences that are pushing you in the wrong directions. The goal of EMDR therapy is to leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that will lead to healthy and useful behaviors and interactions. EMDR therapy helps your brain to process completely the experiences that are causing problems, and to include new ones that are needed for full health.
“Processing” does not mean talking about it. “Processing” means setting up a learning state that will allow experiences that are causing problems to be “digested” and stored appropriately in your brain. That means that what is useful to you from an experience will be learned, and stored with appropriate emotions in your brain, and be able to guide you in positive ways in the future. The inappropriate emotions, beliefs, and body sensations will be discarded.
EMDR has a reputation of being “the treatment” for PTSD but we have successfully used EMDR to treat obsessive thinking, OCD, panic, anxiety, phobias, eating disorders, emotional attachment problems and many other issues.
We specialize in the use of the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Addiction Protocol to break a person’s addiction at the deepest level in the brain. When someone develops an addiction, it gets linked in their brain to a certain feeling they are seeking. First, I work to identify the feeling (or feelings) the person is searching for and then break the connection. We will concurrently work to identify better ways to meet that need.
This is not your average treatment for addiction. Very little is asked of the client in between sessions and you will not have to force yourself to STOP using as with many traditional treatments. You will literally just stop wanting to do the behavior and the addiction is broken in the brain so relapse is less likely.
• Any illegal substance
• Sex Addiction
• Codependency- Relationship Addiction
• Any other behavior determined to be addictive in nature
In the video below, therapists Kendhal Olvera and Melissa McLemore, provide a brief example of what a typical EMDR session will look like.