Our human nature is naturally geared towards health and to be in meaningful relations with others. When life conditions are good, we thrive; when we’re under prolonged periods of stress or disturbing events happen, symptoms can develop. Over time, these symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, unsatisfying relationships and employment issues, can get in the way of fulfillment.
My work is about creating the conditions for the change each client wants. I bring my thirty years of experience as a psychotherapist and my knowledge of how the brain can heal, regulate and restore itself in the context of a caring, attuned, therapeutic relationship. My belief and my experience is that disturbing life events can affect people’s ability to function in the current context of their lives and that, given the opportunity, those negative experiences can be transformed, restoring one’s capacity to respond optimally in the present. When these negative experiences, such as accidents, assaults, loss of job or loved one happen suddenly, individual therapy can be brief, focusing on addressing the specific events that have caused the person’s current difficulties. Longer-term therapy is available for more complicated issues that have been long standing or are particularly traumatic, such as early childhood abuse and/or neglect, a history of unsatisfying relationships, or low self-esteem. In most cases, EMDR therapy is the primary component in a comprehensive treatment plan.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive approach to psychotherapy, originally developed by Francine Shapiro, a Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California in 1987. EMDR has been clinically proven to accelerate the treatment of a wide range of problems and self-esteem issues related both to disturbing past traumatic events and present life conditions. This interactive approach has been empirically tested with clients who have experienced a broad range of disturbing life experiences, including accidents, loss of a job or a loved one, rape, sexual molestation, exposure to combat and natural disasters. EMDR offers a reprocessing of disturbing life experiences resulting in a significant reduction or elimination of symptoms such as emotional distress, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks and nightmares. EMDR is also used to treat relationship problems and self-esteem issues as well as anxiety, depression, complicated grief reactions and phobias. It can also alleviate performance anxiety at work, on the playing field and in the performing arts.
EMDR of Greater Washington offers basic EMDR trainings in Bethesda, Maryland for licensed mental health clinicians.
EMDR Institute, Inc. trains licensed mental health practitioners in EMDR worldwide. Offers a referral listing of practitioners who have been trained by the Institute. Owned and operated by developer of EMDR, Dr. Francine Shapiro.
EMDR International Association is a non-profit professional association whose mission is to establish, maintain, and promote the highest standards of excellence, and integrity in EMDR practice, research, education and professional training. EMDRIA sponsors international conferences, has a membership directory, referral service and publishes a quarterly newsletter.
provides up to date information and research on trauma and EMDR for clinicians and consumers.