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 feel like your self esteem just got stomped on". Examples: emotional abuse, workplace bullying, sudden job/relationship loss.

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EMDR Therapy for Professionals: When small "t" trauma gets in the way.

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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 along with vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. 

  • Vicarious trauma: Is trauma experienced by individuals who were not personally injured but who witnessed another person or group being injured (i.e. a person who witnessed a violent assault or fatal motor vehicle accident). It also refers to the trauma experienced by helping professions who, through the course of their work, are repeatedly exposed to the trauma of their clients/patients (i.e. shelter workers, medical professionals, and emergency responders). 
  • Compassion Fatigue: Is mental and physical exhaustion experienced by helping professionals or caregivers as a result of their ongoing contact with client/patient pain and suffering. It is also know as "professional burnout". 


Call me at: Kirsten Ferguson (403)331-0352