What about Big "T": trauma - do you deal with that?

      I do work with clients affected by both categories of trauma. People who have suffered big "t" trauma are more likely to manifest symptoms of a "diagnosable" mental health condition (like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Major Depressive Disorder) and these symptoms make them eligible for free services at our local mental health clinic. So in my private practice I tend to focus on "small t" trauma.

What kinds of presenting problems can EMDR be used with?

​  EMDR can be used with an wide variety of issues - limitations arise more from the therapist's training and experience than the EMDR itself. Personally, I have successfully used EMDR to treat/help clients who struggled with the effects of:

  • ​PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). 
  • ​Physical Abuse/Sexual Abuse/Emotional Abuse.
  • ​Anxiety (Social Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Agoraphobia, Specific Phobias).
  • ​Car accidents.
  • ​Grief/Loss.
  • ​Mild-Moderate Depression.
  • ​Stress related physical symptoms (i.e. physical symptoms that get worse when the person is stressed).
  • ​Disordered Eating (Emotional Eating, Binge Eating Disorder, Anorexic/Restricting Type).


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​​EMDR Therapy: When you have scars on the inside.

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​Francine Shapiro (Founder of EMDR) and clients talking about how EMDR works:                                    (8 min.)

 What is EMDR Therapy?

     EMDR stands for "Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing" which is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for with trauma. I have experienced EMDR both from the perspective of the therapist and from the perspective of the client and I have found it to be the most effective way of making deep and lasting life changes. It is appropriate for "Big T" trauma and "Small t" trauma. EMDR is appropriate for use with both adults and children.

  • Big "T" trauma: Situations where there is "risk of blood on the floor". Examples: natural disasters (fires, floods), car accidents, assaults or rape.
  • Small  "t" trauma: Situations where there was "no blood on the floor" but you "feel like your self esteem just got stomped on". Examples: emotional abuse, workplace bullying, sudden job/relationship loss.