EMDR Therapy in Tampa

Part of what makes EMDR so effective is that it does not just address your thoughts and feelings, as regular psychotherapy does, but creates a mind-body connection.

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Move towards closure with Virtual EMDR therapy.

 

Many people who have experienced traumatic events feel stuck in the past. It might feel impossible to move forward when you’re constantly triggered.

That’s where EMDR comes in. With the help of EMDR therapy in Tampa, you can recover from trauma and take charge of your future. 

 

Everything you need to know about Tampa EMDR

You may have heard of EMDR as a sort of buzzword in the realm of trauma treatment, or maybe you’re entirely new to it. Here, I explain what EMDR therapy is and what to expect from the process so you can get a sense of whether or not it might be a good fit for you.

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What is eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy?

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or EMDR, is a form of trauma therapy. Compared to other forms of trauma therapy, it is a relatively new treatment-researchers first developed it in 1987. It works by retraining the way your brain and body react to painful memories.

EMDR therapists use a technique called bilateral stimulation in order to help you achieve this. Bilateral stimulation is thought to help regulate the nervous system by stimulating both sides of your mind and body.

There are many different kinds of bilateral stimulation techniques. Some of the most common ones include rapid eye movement, rhythmically tapping on both sides of your body, or holding small devices that produce alternating vibrations.

During the process of bilateral stimulation, your therapist will have you call to mind one of your traumatic memories. Using these techniques while thinking of painful memories can support you in reprocessing your experience.

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What is the process of EMDR therapy like?

EMDR therapy consists of specific protocols that your therapist will guide you through. Keep in mind that you and your EMDR therapist will work together to create a treatment plan that is customized to your needs and goals-these phases simply provide a basic framework.

  1. History taking. Your therapist will ask questions to get to know you and understand what you hope to get out of EMDR therapy.
  2. Preparation. Your therapist will provide more information about EMDR therapy and guide you through practicing some of the techniques.
  3. Assessment. You will call to mind one of the disturbing memories of your trauma, and your therapist will have you explain how you feel using certain rating scales.
  4. Desensitization. You will keep the disturbing memories in mind while your therapist guides you through the bilateral stimulation techniques you learned.
  5. Installation. You and your therapist will work to strengthen new, more helpful thoughts about your traumatic experiences.
  6. Body scan. You will identify how your body feels when thinking of your past trauma and the new, more helpful thought at the same time.
  7. Closure. You and your therapist will get you to a good “stopping point” so that you don’t leave the session feeling triggered.
  8. Re-evaluation. At the next session, you and your EMDR therapist will discuss how you felt since last session and identify goals for the current appointment.

Some of the steps may take longer than others, and many clients don’t always move fluidly from step to step. Trauma therapy is a highly personalized process, and it’s not often linear. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to heal.

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My approach to EMDR in Tampa, FL

As an EMDR therapist in Tampa, FL, I’m devoted to helping you improve your quality of life. Trauma can take so much from us, but it doesn’t have to take away your hope for a more meaningful future.

I meet all of my clients with understanding and care. Revisiting your past traumas is extremely vulnerable-you have an incredible amount of courage to even get to the point of reaching out for mental health support.

During our work together, you’ll remain in control the entire time. Of course, I’ll be here to guide you the entire way, though we’ll tailor the EMDR therapy process to your unique situation. This will help you get the most out of your treatment.

I’ve worked with dozens of clients like you who struggle with negative feelings and anxious thoughts that hold them back from being present with themselves and their loved ones. I’ve seen firsthand how EMDR therapy can shift people’s negative beliefs and give them more peace in their daily life.

If you’re feeling stuck and need help moving forward, I encourage you to reach out. I’d be honored to answer your questions about how EMDR works and get a sense of whether we might be a good fit for each other.

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Who I help as an EMDR therapist

While each of my clients are individuals with their own stories, struggles, strengths, and goals, they have commonalities as well. Here are the groups of people who I am best equipped to help.

People with past trauma from childhood

Childhood trauma can have rippled effects years or even decades beyond when it occurred. Some people with past experiences of trauma will develop PTSD symptoms such as anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks, sleep problems, memory issues, and more.

EMDR therapy can be incredibly healing for people who had disturbing experiences in childhood. Together, we can change the way you respond to memories of your trauma in order to help you feel more grounded and in control.

Professionals seeking performance improvement

While EMDR is best known as a trauma therapy, it has other applications as well. I use EMDR processing strategies to help professionals break through negative thought patterns that hold them back in their career.

The idea that we can be our own worst enemies might be cliché, but it’s often true. With EMDR techniques like rapid eye movements and other bilateral stimulation methods, we can break down mental blocks and replace them with new, more helpful ways of thinking.

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FAQs about EMDR therapy in Tampa, FL

EMDR is a totally new experience for many people, and it’s normal to have questions. Here, I’ve addressed a couple of the most common questions I hear about EMDR in Tampa. If you have more questions, I encourage you to contact me directly.

Is virtual EMDR therapy effective?

Yes, EMDR therapy can be effective. Though more research is needed, studies suggest that using bilateral stimulation techniques, particularly eye movements, is effective when delivered over a virtual platform.

Many of my clients enjoy virtual therapy for its convenience, especially the time and money it saves from not having to commute to a therapy office. Clients also tend to enjoy doing therapy in the comfort of their own home, making a vulnerable process feel a bit more accessible.

How long will it take for me to feel better?

Unfortunately, there is no formula to determine exactly how long you’ll need to be in treatment to feel better. You and your therapist will discuss a realistic time frame depending on what your needs are and what you hope to get out of trauma therapy.

With that being said, EMDR is a highly effective treatment. Some people see results in just a few sessions. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), it can typically be delivered in just 6-12 sessions.

Can eye movement desensitization reprocessing help me even if I don't have PTSD?

Yes! Even though EMDR was initially designed to help people who have experienced trauma, you don’t need to have a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder in order to benefit from it. EMDR can also be used to help with other issues like grief and loss, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and more.

Generally speaking, EMDR can be helpful for anyone who has negative thoughts or feelings that keep them stuck. Our thoughts hold a lot of power, and by making important shifts in your thought patterns, you can have more confidence and reach your goals.

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Tampa EMDR therapy can give you the support you need to move forward

Whether you’re struggling with the impact of traumatic past experiences or simply want help coping with stress and self-image, I’m here to help. Our work together can help you heal and make concrete steps toward living the life you want-and deserve.

I provide a nonjudgmental space for all of my clients, and I work hard to create a strong therapeutic relationship so you can be yourself and know that I’m in your corner every step of the way.

Though past traumas leave you forever changed, you have control over how you choose to move forward. With the right support, you can thrive. I’ve seen firsthand how EMDR therapy in Tampa, FL can help people like you reach recovery. It is truly possible.

If you’re curious to learn more about how EMDR can help you or feel ready to start the process, I encourage you to reach out. I’m happy to address any questions you have and provide you with the information you need to invest in your healing.