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Imagine what life could be like, if you could put down the emotional baggage you’ve been carrying for far too long.

Throughout life, we all deal with things, some more traumatic than others. Some of our experiences we work through naturally as time passes, while others stick in our minds more intensely. Those stuck memories feel like watching a terrible movie on repeat. It is a movie in which you remember the lines word for word, the detail in the room around you, and the outcome of what was said or done. It's a constant reminder and emotional activation each time the movie runs. This can be exhausting, distracting, and zap the joy from your daily living just trying to cope with it all.

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When you look at the things in your life causing you stress, or sadness, or maybe to feel like you’re just not good enough, you might think to yourself, “What is wrong with me? I should be tough enough to handle this” or “I should be able to deal with this myself…” but, we don’t “have” to deal with everything life throws us, by ourselves.

How Can My EMDR Therapy Strategy Help You Live a Happier Life?

This therapy strategy helps an individual reprocess or clean up traumatic memories and their triggers while reducing the emotional responses those memories create. Most often, this strategy helps alleviate feelings of…

Anxiety

Fear

Numbness

Sadness

Tension

Failure

Shame

Stress

Disgust

Guilt

Overwhelm

Hopelessness

Unworthiness

Grief

Helplessness

What is EMDR, and how does it work?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. During a session, we activate the same rapid eye movement you would experience in your REM cycle as you sleep, but while awake! When we sleep and fall into our REM cycle, our brain naturally processes all the events and information that happen during the day. It then sorts them into memory boxes in our minds for safekeeping.

 

When we experience traumatic events, our brains can get stuck, causing those memories to freeze in time. Using bilateral stimulation or side-to-side movements with your eyes, hands, or buzzers, we can help our brains get unstuck by reprocessing or finishing what has happened and seeing it in a new light. This helps you not feel the daily triggering from it anymore.

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How is EMDR different than other therapy strategies?

No matter what you choose —talk therapy, somatic (body-focused) therapy, behavioural (CBT/DBT) therapy, or EMDR—each person will respond differently and have varying levels of success with each one!

 

In talk therapy, individuals may feel as though they have to expose their pain through storytelling over and over to make progress. When using behavioural therapies, you may not get to the root of pain but focus on strategies for working with symptoms.

 

Where EMDR differs is that we don’t have to expose all the details of the pain to process it. In the session, we talk about events that have happened in the past as a way of activating the memory during processing. However, we don't need to go into great detail to make the initial plans around it. We can give it a name as a keyword to identify it, and then when we process it, we jump into the memory more fully.

 

We use the regulation skills we practiced in session and maintain dual awareness. Dual awareness allows you to experience the memory as if you are watching it as a movie while staying grounded in the present, rooted in your surroundings in a safe place, which helps to prevent re-traumatization.

The difference in using EMDR is that these historic memories desensitize, and new adaptive thinking starts to change the experience. The triggers lessen, and you start feeling differently about what happened.

What experts have to say about EMDR

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“Hold yourself back, or heal yourself back together. You decide.” ― Brittany Burgunder

I can tell you this…

 

You're not alone… I believe in the inherent worth and ability of each person who enters my practice. Our time together is always in partnership and aligning with each person's goals.

 

We are a team, you and I, and I believe in your ability to make the changes you want for yourself; we are truly wired to heal.

Rates for In-person & Virtual Sessions

I work in person with individuals 18+ who live in Barrie, Innisfil and surrounding areas. If you are located outside these areas or too far to arrive in person I also provide virtual services to residents of Ontario.

$140.00 per 60-minute session

$200.00. per 90-minute EMDR session

*Please note that I do not provide direct billing within my practice however, I do email you an invoice directly after the session so you can submit it for repayment to your insurance company.

Wondering if an EMDR session is right for you?
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