Crystal holds a certification in EMDR Therapy and provides consultation for those working towards certification. In addition to the Basic Training, she has completed two years of certification process and is currently working towards the title of EMDR Consultant. Crystal has found EMDR to be extremely beneficial to her clients. She is a strong advocate for EMDR Therapy and recommends you always check your therapist’s training and certification status before receiving EMDR therapy.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is effective in treating the following emotional disturbances successfully in a shorter amount of time than other traditional therapies.
Death of a Loved One / Witnessing Death
Physical & Emotional Injuries from Car & Work Related Accidents
Victim or Witness of Violent Crimes / Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms
Test Anxiety / Relational Anxiety / Performance Anxiety
Trouble Sleeping / Worrying & Fears / Social Phobias / Panic Attacks
Physical, Emotional, Verbal & Sexual Abuse / Rape Survivor
Natural Disasters / Fire / Childhood Trauma & Abuse
Depression / Anger / Sadness / Low Self-Esteem
Eating Disorders / Addictions / Obsessive Thought Patterns
EMDR is a psychotherapy technique that uses bi-lateral stimulation in the form of right/left eye movements or tactile stimulation to help the brain release emotional experiences that are “trapped” in the nervous system and allows the maladaptive memories to be processed. EMDR is believed to have a “quieting” effect on the limbic system allowing the reasoning part of the brain to have access to material that would have been previously “frozen” through traumatic experiences.
This technique allows a person to resolve the trauma and achieve a positive adaptive resolution to an experience or event by processing thoughts and emotions together at the same time.
Treatment sessions consists of the following 8 Phases and people usually experience a decrease in symptoms after three sessions. These phases will be explained to you during your first session.
PHASE 1: Client History PHASE 5: Installation
PHASE 2: Preparation PHASE 6: Body Scan
PHASE 3: Assessment PHASE 7: Closure
PHASE 4: Desensitization PHASE 8: Re-evaluation
If you would like more information about EMDR, please feel free to call or email Crystal as she would be happy to answer any of your questions.