EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the second phase treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.


How does EMDR work? No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neuro-biologically or in the brain. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes "frozen in time," and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.


EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, 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 upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, 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 see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. (from EMDRIA International )  


Antonia states:  "It is believed that EMDR transforms old psychological memory into more of an objective memory. A memory that is more emotionally detached and has less negative effects on peoples lives. When the bilateral stimulation is practiced in EMDR therapy it can unlock disturbing or unpleasant memories in the mind, body, and spirit. After time and cognitive reinforcement, the memories begin to integrate into the entire left and right side of the brain and body.  As a result, a person may begin to feel a bit more removed or distant (objective) from the experience. The goal is for people begin to feel freer, have less PTSD symptoms and eventually learn how to respond instead of react in the world and relationships. 


Through EMDR sessions (as well as narrative and mindfulness therapy sessions) we integrate new
cognitive and mindful belief systems. EMDR helps to reprogram the brain with new cognitive belief systems. I integrate the practice of positive affirmations, somatic grounding 
techniques, and meditation to assist my clients in between sessions.  Clients become more familiar with living in their bodies with the ability to transform old belief systems of shame and self-aversion." 


Important: To begin EMDR Therapy, a special consultation with Antonia is required as well as an initial 12-week commitment to therapy sessions.

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