EMDR is a therapeutic tool which was originally designed to treat trauma and has since been shown to be effective for a wide variety of applications, including treating addictions, depression, chronic shame, anxiety and phobias. It is a powerful way to open up and shift long-standing patterns of thought, reactivity and emotion. EMDR can be integrated nicely with other therapeutic approaches and, like all therapy, works best in the context of a safe and solid therapeutic relationship. I received my initial EMDR training in 2006, prompted by my own very positive experiences with EMDR as a client. I pursued a refresher training in 2020 and was very interested to see how the research and applications of EMDR had expanded in the intervening decade and a half.
For a more detailed description of EMDR and available research, visit the EMDR Canada website at: https://emdrcanada.org/about/. If you are interested in incorporating EMDR into your therapeutic process, I'm happy to discuss pros and cons with you and to consider how/if to integrate EMDR into our work together.