About Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy
EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. It has a set of standardized protocols that incorporate elements from many different treatment approaches. EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.
Who can benefit from EMDR therapy?
EMDR therapy helps children and adults of all ages. Therapists use EMDR therapy to address a wide range of challenges:
- Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
- Chronic Illness and medical issues
- Depression and bipolar disorders
- Dissociative disorders
- Eating disorders
- Grief and loss
- Performance anxiety
- Personality disorders
- PTSD and other trauma and stress-related issues
My Training and Experience
I was first exposed to EMDR by my psychiatrist father. He was excited about the results he was seeing and showed me how to use the technique. Later, I was formally trained by the inspiring woman in the first video and I may be biased, but it is my favorite EMDR video. The second video is more factual since it is a news program from a number of years ago.
I am proud to also alert you to the third video – my father, Dr. David Gasman, retired and in his mid 80’s, is featured,
talking about and demonstrating EMDR on the Redding California local news the summer of 2019.
Last, is a 2019 NBC Sports feature
about a famous hockey player who survived a near death bleed out on the ice
and how he has managed his PTSD with the help of EMDR.
You will see me in my office working with him, demonstrating EMDR.
Working with the camera crew in my office space did not stop us from actually getting back into the trauma and you will see it becomes more than just a demonstration of EMDR therapy.
Until you try EMDR it is really difficult to understand how it works, but it is not hypnotism – for example, the patient is in full control all the time.