EMDR and Trauma Resolution

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a technique designed to remove the profound effects of prior traumatic experiences. It is considered a cutting-edge treatment to help rewire the brain.

Emotional problems and destructive behavioral patterns are impossible to overcome when fueled by the ongoing influence of trauma. Enduring change requires the elimination of the potent effects of these memories or experiences. EMDR is effective in facilitating the elimination of pain from trauma, even when events are repressed or forgotten. Unconscious conflicts blocking desired change are identified, resolved and cleared out.

EMDR is a Rapid-Resolution Therapy

EMDR is often indicated in the treatment of victims of accidents and crimes, emotional, physical and sexual abuse, PTSD, loss, performance anxiety and anxiety/panic. Whether the trauma is a single incident or something to which someone is exposed over a long period of time, EMDR can provide quick and lasting relief.

During sleep, REM is responsible for processing data and information that is collected throughout the day. Either because our sleep patterns are interrupted or through today’s overstimulation, information that is left unprocessed joins on neural networks to create unhealthy patterns of behavior. It is through this processing that these networks open up, and the experiences soften. Through the use of specific protocols, the traumatic memory is retrieved, bilateral stimulation, either via eye movements, tappers, or both, or alternating tones, is presented and the powerful effects of the memory are reduced.

The length of treatment, like any therapy, varies depending on the process and goals of the patient. EMDR is typically incorporated into a more comprehensive therapeutic approach. EMDR sessions are generally done in longer sessions. Dr. Winter offers EMDR Intensives, whereby there are longer sessions scheduled consecutively, to meet your individual needs.

Feeling-State Therapy and the Feeling-State Addiction Protocol

According to feeling-state theory, every addiction has a positive feeling state attached to it, whether it be the associations from the beginnings of an arousal template or later feelings elicited by the drug use. Through the use of bilateral stimulation and within a time span much briefer than traditional therapy, these states can be cleared out and the associations weakened, both leading to a lesser or no desire to engage in the addictive behavior(s). In the end it weakens or eliminates urges and cravings of both substance and behavioral addictions.

The feeling state addiction protocol (FSAP) is an evidence-based treatment based on the principles of EMDR. It has been found to be effective in the treatment of substance-abuse as well as behavioral addictions (sex addiction, porn addiction, eating disorders, gambling, smoking) and obsessive-compulsive behaviors. Following the de-linking of the arousal with the behavior, treatment for behavioral addictions resumes to assist in the development of healthy relationships with sex, food and money and to repair the betrayal bonds within the couple and/or family.

Note that, like any form of therapy, EMDR is just one piece. With addictions, therapy is far more complex and takes effort and time. EMDR offers assistance, albeit one piece of a process of recovery.

Initially trained in 2007 by Francine Shapiro, the founder of EMDR, and later by EMDR Consulting, Dr. Winter is certified in EMDR by the Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA). She utilizes EMDR for both shock and developmental trauma as part of a treatment plan developed specifically for you. She is also trained in and utilizes feeling-state therapy and the feeling-state addiction protocol in the treatment of substance and behavioral addictions as well as obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

EMDR therapy is an accepted treatment for PTSD by the American Psychological Association (APA), Veteran’s Administration (VA), the Department of Defense (DOD), The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).

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