EMDR and Brainspotting

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.  EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of emotional distress such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); anxiety, panic disorder and performance anxiety.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was founded by Francine Shapiro in 1990.   There have been 24 randomized controlled studies on the effectiveness of EMDR in the treatment of trauma.  The American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the Department of Defense and the Veteran’s Administration have all recommended EMDR for the treatment of trauma.

I was trained in EMDR therapy during my post-doctoral year at Columbine High School. I have been using it successfully with clients since 2001.  During part of the treatment, clients focus on their distressing or desired experiences at the same time as they attend to a dual attention stimulus. Although eye movements are the most commonly used stimulus, I find many of my clients are more comfortable using tapping, tactile stimulation, and auditory tones.

What is Brainspotting?

Brainspotting is a focused treatment method in psychotherapy that helps to identify, process, and release deep sources of emotional and physical pain. The brainspot is an eye position that helps focus on a therapeutic issue, and that focus can identify and relieve trauma lodged in parts of the brain and nervous system.