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

Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a remarkably effective therapy approach used to overcome the emotionally painful effects of trauma and a wide range of other emotional conditions. It has been shown to be twice as effective in HALF the amount of time of standard traditional psychotherapy treatments alone. EMDR is a combination of traditional talk therapy and bilateral stimulation following an eight-phase model.

EMDR is known to be effective with survivors of trauma, however, it can be used for many other challenges you may be struggling with. Personally, I have personal therapy experience with an EMDR therapist, which resulted in an effective and long lasting end result. I went on to become EMDR trained in order to help my clients overcome disturbing and upsetting events in their lives. Many have experienced relief from symptoms and have noticed dramatic improvements in the quality of their lives. As mentioned, EMDR has been used successfully to help people overcome other challenges as well, such as:

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

Who May EMDR Benefit?
Anyone who has experienced any situations in the bullet point list above will benefit from EMDR. I also specialize in providing EMDR to first responders and medical personnel such as: 

  • Law Enforcement
  • Paramedics
  • Doctors & other healthcare professionals
  • Lifeguards
  • Fire Fighters
  • Military Personnel
  • Protective Service Workers

How does EMDR therapy look like with you? I was trained by EMDRIA, which is the founder's (Francine Shapiro's) institute. I follow the protocol, so in the first session we will gather your history and do an assessment. We will be talking (without details) about the memories you would be targeting/talking about. After this, I like to have my clients try the machines (light bar for eye movements, buzzies for bilateral stimulation on your palms) and the traditional style of EMDR bilateral stimulation (following my fingers). After you select your preference we will be installing a resource for you (resource is a fancy word for coping skills). Once this is "installed," we will begin selecting which trauma we will begin to desensitize. After that we go through the following 4 phases, and begin from the start for a new target memory. 

I pay close attention to my clients' needs and reactions, and without interrupting the EMDR process, I help my clients become properly prepared for EMDR sessions, so that my clients do not leave the session feeling overwhelmed with emotions. 

Will I cry? Probably. I do not know. Some people do, some people don't. You will be in your own space, where no one will be judging you for the possible tears you are fearing now. Crying is a response and a need the body connects to the trauma. It's healthy to allow this process to happen. I'll help you through it. 

If you're unsure whether EMDR would benefit you, please call or email me at (818) 835-5330 for a free 15 minute phone consultation and we can discuss whether EMDR would be a good fit for you.

If you are sure and would like to schedule a session, click the button below to leave me a message. 

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       Adriana Alejandre, LMFT is a member of the TRN.

       Adriana Alejandre, LMFT is a member of the TRN.

I am part of the Trauma Recovery Network (TRN)  which is a network of EMDR Therapists prepared to assist survivors of natural or man-made disasters and first responders involved in these incidents from traumatic stress. To learn more about this network of EMDR therapists please visit this website www.emdrhap.org