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EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

EMDR Therapy is a large part of Creative Psychology's trauma treatment approach. Here is a brief explanation:

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was developed in 1987 by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. EMDR accelerates adaptive information processing and has been used extensively to treat posttraumatic stress disorder. It is highly efficient (typically working much faster than conventional therapies) and effective in alleviating trauma-related symptoms whether a traumatic event is from many years ago or from yesterday.

EMDR has been used with children, adolescents, and adults with problems including depression, anxiety, fears (from phobias, panic attacks and agoraphobia to fear of flying and test anxiety), explosive anger, chronic pain, and mental disorders caused or exacerbated by traumatic experiences of all kinds. Trauma-related effects may result from one traumatic experience (e.g. an automobile accident or a rape) or from repeated trauma (e.g. abuse over many years). "Big T" trauma includes sexual and physical abuse, natural disasters, combat, surgery, terrorist attacks, and having a mental illness. "Little T" trauma may include early insults to self-image such as teasing from peers and low self-esteem, going to the dentist, and the additive effects of daily stress. "Everything in between" includes divorce, loss and grief (including terminal and chronic illness), and work-related stress.

EMDR is used to develop and strengthen internal resources by helping to provide what was needed and not received in early development (e.g. experiences of being nurtured, accepted, and respected). Failures of attachment often result in a poor sense of self, difficulties developing and maintaining relationships, and feeling that something is missing in your life or within yourself. EMDR is also effective in enhancing performance (e.g. speaking at meetings), creativity, and self-confidence, and for personal and professional growth and development.

As with any therapy, EMDR is not for everyone. Clients with few internal resources or ego strength and those unable to tolerate negative (or positive) emotions often need extensive preparation before they are strong enough to process traumatic events. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and/or extensive resource development often helps to provide a stronger foundation so that they can engage in trauma treatment.

Providing EMDR therapy to clients has been one of the most rewarding experiences of Dr. Bedsole's life.  During the past seven years she has used EMDR with over 500 clients, ages 2 to 97, with problems ranging from mild depression to extreme dissociation.  She considers herself "spoiled" now as a therapist since she is accustomed to witnessing rapid healing, alleviation of distress, and dramatic improvement in functioning in so many courageous people.

    To Find an EMDR Therapist Click on the Links Below:

  • EMDR Institute  General information about EMDR, including a list of references of research supporting the efficacy of EMDR treatment, and information about training in EMDR.
  • EMDR International Association  A professional organization of EMDR-trained therapists and researchers devoted to promoting the highest possible standard of excellence and integrity in EMDR practice, research, and education for the public good.

    What it means to be EMDRIA Certified

A clinician who is EMDRIA Certified in EMDR has been licensed or certified in their profession for independent practice and has had a minimum of two years experience in their field.  They have completed an EMDRIA approved training program in EMDR, have conducted a minimum of fifty clinical sessions in which EMDR was utilized, and have received twenty hours of consultation in EMDR by an Approved Consultant.  In addition they must complete twelve hours of continuing education in EMDR every two years.

    What it means to be an EMDRIA Approved Consultant

EMDRIA Approved Consultants must meet all criteria to be Certified in EMDR.  In addition, they must have three years of experience with EMDR after completing an EMDRIA Approved Training Program, have conducted at least three hundred clinical sessions in which EMDR was utilized, and have received twenty hours of consultation-of-consultation from an EMDRIA Approved Consultant.  They must complete twelve hours of continuing education in EMDR every two years.

All clinicians at Creative Psychology, Ltd. are trained and experienced in the use of EMDR.  Dr. Bedsole is EMDRIA Certified and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant.

        Links for Information about EMDR

For Additional Information Contact:
Linda Bedsole, Psy.D.
Creative Psychology, Ltd.
3305 Opengate Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60012

Tel: 815-444-8469   FAX: 815-479-1709

                                This page was last modified 01/10/2018.


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