Dr. Melanie GomezPsychologist, PsyD
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Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) relies on a client's own rapid, rhythmic eye movements, and is founded on the belief that these eye movements can weaken the intensity of emotionally charged memories. EMDR is most often used to treat PTSD or other traumas, but is also sometimes used for panic attacks, eating disorders, addictions, and anxiety. EMDR sessions can last up to 90 minutes, and usually starts with a client rating their level of distress. A therapist then typically moves their fingers in front of your face (or sometimes toe tapping or musical tones), asking you to follow along with your eyes, while you recall a traumatic event and all the sensations that come with it. You will gradually be guided by the therapist to shift thoughts from the traumatic experience to a more comforting one. The goal of EMDR is to make disturbing memories less immobilizing. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s EMDR specialists today.
On the outside my clients have it all together. They are high achievers, responsible and motivated. Despite their accomplishments, they never feel good enough and on the inside they feel messy and chaotic. They’re lonely and full of fear. My clients hate their bodies and want to take up less space. Food feels stressful and confusing. My clients try to feel better by limiting what they eat, exercising too much, or binging and purging.
My clients are in committed relationships and want to work on creating a better one. They feel misunderstood by their partners and end up feeling hurt no matter what they try. They want to be able to communicate more effectively and feel more fulfilled in their relationship. Like you, my clients want to get the spark back and to be able to feel about their partner the way they used to. They will do whatever it takes to get there.
Do you feel that anxiety or depression has taken over your life? Do you feel that your emotions lead you to act in ways that later you regret? Maybe logically you understand, but your body seems to respond differently. Maybe you are confused, overwhelmed, and don't even know where to start. You are probably looking for a way to break these patterns. I know emotions and our relationships can be some of the most beautiful and most painful things we can experience in life, but there is hope.
Somehow you have been buried under everyone's needs & expectations of who THEY think you are supposed to be. You do not recognize yourself anymore, or the life you wanted. It feels like life is unraveling, and you are unsure what to do. Life is starting to feel overwhelming, and you are not sure where to start. You are feeling stressed in managing everything as though you will never get caught up. You want to find your voice, but you are feeling at a loss or paralyzed by fears.