How I Became an EMDR Fan
My beginning years of psychotherapy was just that. Talk therapy, mixed in with some relaxation training, meditation, art therapy, music therapy and narrative therapy. All of these things are great and have helped a lot of people, but it wasn’t until after the third time this past year I heard colleagues talking about EMDR that I had to reach into the back of my brain to remember what it was all about. Sure, I kind of remembered studying it along with all those other theoretical dispositions in grad school, but I always shoved it to the side not completely invested or interested in it.
HOW I BECAME AN EMDR FAN
My good friend and coworker kept talking to me about EMDR- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and her experiences along with her mother’s experiences, who is a licensed EMDR therapist. I was immediately hooked. “What do you mean your eyes go back and forth and your brain fixes the problem?!” I thought it was wacky and “out there” and also completely cool. So I did some research, then some more research and some more! I could not stop reading up on EMDR I was so fascinated.
So a couple therapy friends and I went to Austin to become EMDR trained. I knew it was all I wanted to ever do again in the therapy world. During the course, we had to have EMDR done to us, as we also practiced on other therapists whom we had never met, in this big conference room in Austin, Texas. My life changed that first weekend.
I look at the world in a completely different way. More than before, I understand how our previous experiences and traumas- and believe me, EVERYONE has been traumatized at some point- are stored incomplete and unprocessed in our brains, acting like brakes and triggers for our present and future interactions, reactions, and overall experiences in life.
EMDR unlocks these stuck channels with bilateral brain stimulation so that the brain is able process the traumas and memories, leaving an individual to become free from them.
Trauma, loss and grief, PTSD, OCD, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, divorce, abuse; it’s all encompassing. Whether you have suffered many big traumas in your life, or are going through something currently in which you struggle, this can help.
I love EMDR, I’ve seen the benefits in my own life and I want to share it with you. I encourage you to contact me and experience the power and opportunity that EMDR can provide.
Katie Porter, M.A., LPC 832-298-6356