Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR for LGBTQ+ trauma survivors in New York
Helping you navigate triggers so you can feel relief.
You experienced a trauma (small or large; directly or indirectly) in the past. You've done a good job at not letting it affect you day to day; maybe it used to cross your mind every once in a while, making you upset and feeling off. But recently, no matter how you try to distract yourself, you are finding that you're always thinking about it or things remind you of it. You may be having nightmares, intrusive thoughts or feeling anxious because you seem to be triggered by anything. With EMDR, I'll help guide you to reprocess the distressing memory which will then provide you with relief so that you aren't effected by your past trauma on a daily basis.
What is EMDR?
EMDR is an evidence-based form of therapy developed specifically to treat symptoms created by trauma. If you decide to explore using EMDR in treatment, we would start by creating a safe/calm state that you can utilize throughout and after sessions, then you would be guided through a 'floatback' where we take a history of events related to your present experience. After, we establish targets and begin reprocessing memories. We know that we're done reprocessing a traumatic memory when it isn't distressing to you any more. Everyone is different, but it can take one or several sessions to process 1 traumatic event.
What is EMDR? According to EMDRIA: "EMDR is a structured therapy that encourages the patient to briefly focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proved to help people recover from trauma and PTSD symptoms." You can find more information about EMDR at the association's website: https://www.emdria.org/ or the book Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy by: Francine Shapiro, PhD
Is EMDR right for me? EMDR is safe and incredibly effective. It is also very flexible; for example, if eye movements are not comfortable for you, we can do bilateral stimulation via tapping. Also, once we start EMDR sessions, we are not forced down that path of treatment; we can do talk therapy next session or resume with EMDR. EMDR is client driven; you would always be in control and can stop at any time, even mid session.
How long are EMDR sessions? 60-90 minutes
What are your rates? $175/60 minute session; if you prefer longer EMDR sessions, then we can discuss how that would impact pricing