EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is an evidence-based therapy developed by Francine Shapiro that is helpful in the treatment of trauma and anxiety. The premise of this therapy is that some traumatic or difficult situations are too overwhelming for the brain to process. What does it mean for the brain to process something? Here’s an example: have you ever gone to bed still upset about something from earlier in the day, only to wake up the next morning feeling differently about the situation? Your brain processed the situation while you were sleeping. When our brain processes a memory, we can usually recall it with just the story of what happened. With traumatic or difficult memories that are unprocessed by the brain, the memory of the situation is stored in the brain in a way that still holds vivid images, sounds, thoughts, feelings and/or physical sensations. EMDR helps process these difficult memories, enabling us to remember them with just the story of what happened and without vividness/intensity.

EMDR reprocessing works by focusing on an aspect of a distressing memory while doing eye movements from side-to-side, feeling alternating vibrations in your hands, and/or hearing alternating tones. This process allows the brain to heal trauma and gain insight into the situation.


Confidentiality in Counseling
Generally speaking, the information provided by and to a client during therapy sessions is legally confidential and cannot be disclosed without the client’s written consent. When providing services to children and adolescents, it is important that parents/caregivers understand that some information will be held confidential.

Exceptions include:
-Suspected child, adult dependent, or elder abuse or neglect, which I am legally obligated to report to the appropriate authorities immediately.

-If a client communicates any information involving a threat to himself or herself or to others, I may be obligated to take immediate action to protect you (the client) or others from this threat. Additionally, I am obligated to report the threat to both the authorities and the intended victim(s) of the threat.