result is that the original memory now is experienced as neutral instead of
being highly emotionally charged. This neutrality allows us to feel free
and comfortable in ourselves in the present.
The process actually changes our beliefs about ourselves so that they
are no longer faulty.
used for PTSD, its use has been expanded to other issues that have been stored
in the nervous system in a way that no longer serves us. These issues
* Panic attacks
* Complicated grief
* Disturbing memories
* Performance anxiety
* Stress reduction
* Sexual and/or Physical abuse
* Personality Disorders
* Attachment deficits
Working with Deirdre using EMDR continues to transform
my life in a profound way. Many years of traditional talk therapy had left
me better able to understand my own trauma and why I function the way I
do. However I still felt trapped in a cycle: stuck playing out old habits,
holding the root of my fear at a distance, feeling stuck and unable to create
the life I wanted.
Returning to the scene of early childhood trauma through
visualization, re-creating, and imagination work was frightening at first, but
it has been unbelievably powerful. By using the EMDR techniques, I'm
able to interact with a memory as a malleable thing, working through it until eventually
it feels neutral and distant, a simple moment in the past instead of a terror
being re-experienced in the present.
Deirdre is a wise, soothing, non-invasive presence and is always
sensitive to my needs in a session, letting me be in control yet gently pushing
when it is necessary. She is intuitive, compassionate, and I trust her
completely. This work has been one of the most powerful things I've ever done.