Effective EMDR Therapy

  • Are you stressed and irritable?
  • Overwhelmed with worry and fear about your life?
  • Have you tried to solve these issues with traditional talk therapy but not been successful?

Often people want to try EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) because they have found that more traditional therapies haven’t been productive in helping them overcome their fears and depression.  With EMDR we can identify and work toward changing limiting beliefs that keep you stuck.

EMDR provides a way for people to free themselves from destructive memories, and it seems to work, even in cases where years of conventional therapy have failed.
ABC News “20/20″

What is EMDR?

EMDR is a remarkably effective therapy approach used to overcome the emotionally painful effects of trauma and a wide range of other emotional conditions. EMDR integrates many of the successful elements of a range of therapeutic approaches that helps people to make lasting changes to overcome the impact of trauma.  It has been extensively researched, and a 2004 the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs and Department of Defense determined that it was an effective treatment for trauma.

Originally skeptical of the effectiveness of EMDR, I was invited to observe a session by a colleague and was inspired by the results of this therapy.  Excited by that experience, I went on to become EMDR trained and certified in order to help my clients overcome the disturbing and upsetting events in their lives.   Many have experienced relief from symptoms and have seen dramatic improvements in the quality of their lives.  While EMDR has proven particularly effective for the treatment of trauma, it has been used successfully to help people overcome other challenges as well.

  • Life transitions
  • Stress
  • Performance anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Grief
  • Fear of flying
  • Addictions
  • Disturbing memories
  • Sexual and/or physical abuse
  • Phobias
  • Depression
  • Anger Management

If you’re unsure whether EMDR would benefit you, please call me at (818) 681-6627 for a free 15 minute phone consultation and we can discuss whether EMDR would be a good fit for you.

How EMDR has helped my clients

Here are two of my client’s stories (told with their permission) of how EMDR was effective in their lives:

R, a 30-year-old woman, was experiencing difficulties at work. When confronted by others, she experienced flashes of rage, which was limiting her ability to be successful at her job. Through looking at the current situation we identified an earlier memory that occurred when she was 6-years old. In this memory she was bullied on the playground at school and left with the belief that she wasn’t safe. Whenever she felt unsafe in her current situation, she would react as if she were being bullied instead of merely confronted. Through processing this memory with EMDR, her belief about herself shifted, as she realized that she was safe and could react appropriately to the situation.

A, a 52-year-old woman came in because she was having panic attacks related to an upcoming surgery. We worked through her fears regarding the surgery through processing this future event with EMDR. While processing, she was able to connect her emotions, the feelings she held in her body and her negative belief that “I’m all alone, and no one cares.” By looking at this future event we were able to identify the negative belief that was fueling her fear and process it with bilateral stimulation so that she was able to successfully undergo her surgery.

Additional information regarding EMDR

  • This brief interview of two New York city clinicians provides an excellent overview of how incorporating EMDR into traditional therapy can significantly reduce the time it takes to identify core issues.

John Dzwonar and Susan Friedberg discuss EMDR.

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Kay Simmeth EMDR Therapy

 

Call me at (818) 681-6627 or email ksimmeth@gmail.com and we can discuss what your needs are. The initial 15 minute phone consultation is free of charge.

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In Los Angeles, EMDR Therapy for the effective treatment of anxiety, trauma, panic attacks.