Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment for trauma. Clients in many studies experience significant relief of past traumas and in a shorter time period than traditional therapies that may take years. EMDR is used to treat all kinds of traumas including: physical abuse, sexual abuse, traumatic injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and much more. The treatment is based upon the theory that distressing events overwhelm the brain. When this occurs, events may not be processed properly. EMDR helps the brain complete the processing of trauma.
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Symptoms

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are many responses to a traumatic event. Most people have intense responses immediately following, and often for several weeks or even months after, a traumatic event. These responses can include:

  • Feeling anxious, sad, or angry
  • Trouble concentrating and sleeping
  • Continually thinking about what happened

For most, these responses are normal and will lessen over time. However, in some cases, these stressful thoughts and feelings continue and interfere with everyday life.

“In a span of 6 months, I almost lost everything because of frequent panic attacks. My anxiety grew out of control and I believed fears about myself were true. After procrastinating, I sought help from Marta and she recommended EMDR. Using a scientific approach, she was able to bring out my underlying problem and help me move on. After one session of EMDR, I was cured and life feels good again. Don’t wait to get help.” John Petersen

When to seek help

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Following successful EMDR therapy, normal information processing is resumed. A person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less disturbing.

EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person view disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post-traumatic stress. Clinicians have also reported success using EMDR therapy for the following conditions:

  • Panic attacks, phobias
  • Grief, disturbing memories
  • Pain disorders
  • Eating disorders, body image problems
  • Performance anxiety, stress reduction
  • Addictions
  • Sexual and/or physical abuse
  • Difficulty trusting others
  • Being attracted to people who just aren’t good for you
  • Feeling guilty without knowing why
  • A history of being physically or emotionally abused as a child
  • Self-blame, self-consciousness, shame or guilt
  • Chronic or excessive anger, sadness
  • Worry, anxiety, obsessive thinking
  • Unpleasant feeling, mood swings
  • Negativity, pessimism, irritability

As a psychotherapist, Marta is trained and qualified to provide EMDR therapy. Contact Marta to learn how she can help you overcome traumatic events or realize your peak performance potential.


Peak Performance Therapy

An amazing benefit of EMDR, in addition to reducing distress, is Peak Performance. This treatment specialty can relieve those with performance anxiety and free them to move toward their maximum potential. During Peak Performance Therapy we will remove blocks to achievement, build mental strengths and resources. Self-defeating behaviors, attitudes and beliefs can be modified and replaced with high-functioning behaviors, perspectives and beliefs. You can remove blocks caused by past failure.

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Where Does EMDR Help?

  • Performance Anxiety
  • Athletic Performance Anxiety (a “slump”)
  • Test Anxiety
  • Fear of Public Speaking
  • Job Interview Stress
  • Stage Fright
  • Emergency Responder Stress

FOR ATHLETES, BUSINESS LEADERS, AND MORE

Peak performance, or “performance enhancement,” takes EMDR’s power and removes negative beliefs, enabling new programming in the mind, strengthening the physiological sensations and visualization of the desired performance. Even the strongest among us have undergone some challenges. Recoveries from injury, or a traumatic experience, may cause performance blocks. The goal of this therapy is that the devastating effects of negative feelings, thoughts and behaviors will be transformed into positive programming and more vibrant health and well-being.

Three True Stories of EMDR Success:

He was the quarterback and star of the team. He threw a long pass anticipating a win against their biggest rival. Shockingly, the ball was intercepted and the other team ran the whole field for the winning touchdown. Disappointed and embarrassed, his performance became mediocre and his anxiety high. Following EMDR Peak Performance treatment, he had his best season and best stats ever.

She thought-blocked for each licensing exam. After three failures, depressed and humiliated, she made an appointment. After EMDR Peak Performance treatment, she passed her exam and is currently employed in her profession.

The unthinkable happened; this well-known actor developed stage fright and panic attacks in spite of successful performances and fame. EMDR Peak Performance treatment cleared his mental blocks, unleashed his potential, and he returned to a flourishing career.

Read more about the current research and the efficacy of EMDR at the EMDR Institute or the EMDR International Association.