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About EMDR

Janet Vessels and Christopher Westerman are trained in EMDR with children and adults. It is very effective in treating several types of anxiety, opposition and defiance, substance abuse urges, self-injury, traumatic experiences, and performance enhancement. 

What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) 
EMDR integrates elements of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies. The integration of these psychotherapies offers a structured protocol to maximize treatment effects. EMDR is an information processing therapy and uses an eight phase approach.

What happens during an EMDR session?
During an EMDR session, the client pays attention to images, thoughts, feelings, and/or body sensations about a bothersome past and present experience (target memory). Bilateral stimulation can be done either by visual, tactile, or auditory movements while the person focuses on the various aspects of the memory. Often new memories (experiences) arise and it becomes the focus of the next set of dual attention. This sequence of dual attention and personal association is repeated many times in the session. Are you considering EMDR treatment? I have completed the NEW training format for EMDR. I have counseled persons with trauma for my entire career. Consider EMDR treatment for trauma if you want to resolve trauma issues, function better in your personal and professional relationship, and live an optimal life. EMDR has a broad base of published case reports and controlled research which supports it as an empirically validated treatment of trauma. EMDR is used successfully with children and adolescents with the symptoms caused by the trauma. EMDR is not just used to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Clients with a wide variety of PTSD and other diagnoses experience substantial benefit from EMDR.

EMDR is used with:
Individual who have phobias and panic disorder.
Individuals who are disturbed by the aftereffects of violent assaults and/or the stressful nature of their work.
Persons with excessive grief due to the loss of a loved one.
Those who have exposure to line-of-duty deaths, and are devastated with guilt because they unavoidably killed someone.
Individuals with addictive, obsessive, compulsive or impulse control problems.
Victims of natural and manmade disasters.
Accident, surgery, and burn victims who are emotionally or physically debilitated.
Victims of marital and sexual dysfunction who want to learn how to lead a healthy life.
Persons with dissociative disorders who have been in traditional treatment with some success.
Those in business, performing arts, and sport who want a tool to help enhance their performance.
Individuals with somatoform problems/somatoform disorders, including chronic pain, who want additional relief from suffering.

How do I begin?

Make an appointment with Janet or Chris using the Client Portal or through the Make an Appointment Request link. 

You do not have to suffer any longer!

*information from EMDRIA (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association)