EMDR Maine

This a powerful method of psychotherapy that helps relieve many types of psychological distress. EMDR was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro when she made the observation that eye movements can reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts and emotions. These disturbances can be the result of trauma whether complex trauma or simple trauma.

EMDR, unlike other forms of psychotherapy, seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still may remember what happened, but it no longer has the intensity and frequently. It now is only a memory without any emotional charge. Even though the goal of most therapy has a similar goal, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiological based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.

An actual session utilizing EMDR has the client identify a specific problem that appears to be creating difficulties for the client. The therapist assists the client to identify the triggers of this problem and the negative belief that the client has about him/herself. Once this is determined, the client is requested to go back to an earlier time when this belief began. Once this protocol is formulated, the therapist asks the client to hold onto to this distressing incident and negative belief and the processing begins. It has been determined that other forms of bilateral stimulation such as eyes movements are equally effective such as alternate sounds, tapping or tones. The goal is to have no distress when you think about this incident and have a positive belief that is true.


EMDR is utilized with traditional therapy and Cheryl uses hypnosis and Reiki to further enhance the healing potential for the client.  EMDR can be utilized for many problems such as panic attacks, complicated grief, dissociative disorders, disturbing memories, phobias, pain disorders, eating disorders, performance anxiety, stress reduction, sexual and/or physical abuse and body dysmorphic disorders.  For further information visit www.emdria.org

Please contact Cheryl for further information or an appointment by phone at 1-207-667-2998 or email at crftherapy@me.com.


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