Amy Friedman Ph.D.
(Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)

EMDR is a technique used within the context of a psychotherapeutic relationship, that is meant to lessen the intensity of a traumatic event, or disentangle a “stuck cognition.”  EMDR can be effective in generating new possibilities and freeing stuck thoughts.  The practice of EMDR is most often associated with trauma and traumatic events.  However, within my work and that of colleagues, I have seen it used for concerns such as fear of flying, phobias, pain management, and smoking cessation.  I have also seen it used for addictive behavior such as weight loss and gambling, and repetitive thoughts that are linked with a traumatic event or series of traumatic events. I have indeed found it useful in my work, both to lessen the intensity of a traumatic experience and free up other possibilities, and to see what other insights and associations are generated.  While in certain situations I might be persuaded to offer EMDR adjunctively, I most prefer, when EMDR is used, to use it in conjunction within the situated context of a long-term relationship, where trust and connection is already established.  I am Level One trained.

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