Imagine your mind is like a bookshelf, and all your memories and experiences are stored in different books. Some of these books have really tough and painful chapters that bother you even when you try to put them away on the shelf.
EMDR is like having a skilled librarian (your therapist) help you take those difficult books off the shelf, read through the tough chapters, understand them better, and put them back in a way that doesn't cause you as much distress.
The therapist uses various techniques, including guiding your eye movements (hence the name "eye movement"), sounds, or tactile sensations, to help you process these difficult memories and experiences. It's like rearranging the chapters in those tough books so that they're not as overwhelming. This provides relief from any difficult thoughts, memories, sensations, or behaviors allowing you to live your life with greater peace and happiness.
Everyone is unique and requires a personalized approach to EMDR. We carefully factor in your specific needs, experiences, background, and personal goals to optimize efficiency. This ensures we can address the core issues contributing to distress leading to more effective resolution and improvement in quality of life.
Before diving into any processing, we provide you tools and techniques to enhance support and facilitation during processing and beyond. These tools are soothing and are helpful for stress management or any kind of nervous system dysregulation.
We always work at your pace. Preparation and treatment planning is done collaboratively with you. There is no one specific timeline for healing.
We are always checking in and monitoring progress. We understand you may have more than one goal in mind in how to utilize EMDR in the therapy room. We can adjust planning based on your progress or needs.
There is continuous support from us as we navigate EMDR with you. Some clients choose to remain with their primary therapist while working on EMDR with us. This is called adjunctive therapy and is encouraged! In fact, EMDR may enhance your work in therapy. We pride ourselves in educating clients about EMDR, EMDR's process, and nervous system regulation so you are always informed and confident in the process.
Ambre offers a single 60-minute virtual education session and Q&A prior to beginning EMDR sessions for $125.00. Your time is valuable and having an education session can be helpful in exploring whether EMDR is the right fit before committing to any form of treatment. This session serves to inform those interested in learning more about EMDR, the neurobiology of trauma and stress on the mind and body, and the breakdown of what to expect in weekly sessions. *Please note: The education session is designed to provide you with valuable information about our approach and how we can potentially support you. This session is not a commitment to engage in therapeutic sessions or EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) treatment nor is it a substitute for therapy.
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