EMDR, Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing was developed by Francine Shapiro in 1987. EMDR allows people to heal from the emotional distress and symptoms as a result of an upsetting or traumatic life experience. This therapy has proven to provide quicker relief than other applied counseling methods, which makes it more popular. Generally the brain has the power to heal itself after a psychological trauma, but sometimes it gets blocked. By removing this block healing can take place. The ultimate goals is to decrease the intense negative emotions and body sensations through bilateral stimulations (eye movements). EMDR is effective with many symptoms such as anxiety, depression, panic, PTSD, emotional distress, anger, nightmares, phobias, flashbacks, insomnia and muscle tension. EMDR works effectively to help clients who have experienced complex trauma.
EMDR is also an effective treatment for sports/mental blocks and performance enhancement. Injuries, failures, performance anxiety and stress can cause athletes to develop negative thoughts about themselves and affect their ability to perform their best. Typically these occur as mental blocks and prohibit the athlete from achieving their full potential. As a parent of two competitive gymnasts, I know how hard it is to see your athletes struggle. EMDR typically can clear mental blocks in a series of sessions and can leave your athlete feeling more competent and confident. Contact me to discuss EMDR for your athlete. Video sessions can be utilized for EMDR.
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