What is EMDR therapy? 

EMDRIA is the established organization setting the standards for therapist using the EMDR techniques. They describe EMDR therapy as the following: Although we do not know how any form of psychotherapy works as it relates to the brain, we do know that when a person is under extreme stress the brain does not process information correctly. The trauma or memory can become stuck in such a way that it is difficult for the memory to be processed. When this happens the memory has lasting effects that interfere with they way the person views the world and all the cues in the environment. Often becoming triggered by events, sights, smells, sounds, places and people. This interferes with the way they relate to others and the environment. 

EMDR techniques appear to have a direct effect on the way the brain processes information. A memory is reprocessed allowing for the normal processing routine to take place in the brain. The person reports no longer reliving images, sounds and feelings that the event use to bring to mind. The memory is still there, but it is reported as less upsetting and triggering.  Research suggest that the EMDR process appears to be similar to what is occurring in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.  EMRDIA reports that "EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way". 

Katrina has been trained in this technique through Sonoma PTI with the instruction of Dr. Andrew Leeds. Katrina provides a variety of techniques for bilateral stimulation via light bar, pulsars, & headphones. 

For more information please watch this video.


What is EMDR? (n.d.). Retrieved May 6, 2019, from https://www.emdria.org/page/11...

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