EMDR Therapy


 Lyn's EMDR THERAPY Experience Spans 10 Years.
Lyn also attends other Workshops for Advanced EMDR Therapy with Adults, Children/Teens to Continually Expand her
EMDR THERAPY Capabilities.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy is used by a growing number of psychotherpsists who find it highly effective for many different emotional difficulties. EMDR Therapy allows individuals to experience life-altering shifts as their disturbing thoughts and feelings are efficiently processed. Distrubing events and expereinces that contribute to emotional difficulties no longer have the emotional impact after EMDR Therapy is complete. As a result of EMDR Therapy, lives can be transfomred and symptoms of anxiety, panic disorder, depression, trauma, and many other difficulties can be relieved>
Introduction to EMDR THERAPY Presentation Slides
EMDR Therapy was discovered by a psychologist, Dr. Francine Shapiro 20 years ago.  It was originally developed for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but currently it is used in many other areas (listed below).  Clinical Studies have demonstrated it's effects in PTSD.  EMDR therapists have reported successful outcomes consistently since it's development while treating a wide range of client difficulties and disorders.  Recent studies involving CT and MRI scans have demonstrated positive physical changes in brain structures (particularly in the hippocampus) following resolution of traumatic memories.
EMDR Therapy is a full approach to therapy based on a theoretical model (the Adaptive Information Processing Model) just as other therapy approaches are also (for example-Cognitive-Behavioral, Family systems , Gestalt,  and Psychodynamic therapies.
EMDR Therapy is unique in that it allows clients to fully process disturbing events and experiences that create psychological distress much more quickly and completely than traditional therapies

Lyn's Training and Experience in EMDR THERAPY
Lyn is fully certified in EMDR THERAPY (Part I and Part II training) through the EMDR Institute, and has had continuious specialized training in a number of areas including working with children/teens, couples, and clients with trauma, and/or early attachment issues.  She has been involved in the International EMDR Association (EMDRIA) as a program chair for the Child-Special Interest Group and as a member of the Research Committee, and attends the Annual EMDRIA conferences regularly.  She has given presentations on EMDR Therapy to local therapists and organizations and presented at the annual EMDRIA meeting with a panel of EMDR therapists.

EMDR Therapy is a therapy approach that has many applications.  Lyn has treated individuals using EMDR  for:
  • Depression, Anxiety/stress, Performance Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive
     and Phobias,Panic Disorder
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 
  • Traumatic events and experiences (Tsunami's, Wars, Hurricanes)
  • Sexual, physical, and verbal abuse, and rape
  • Grief (prolonged, complicated, traumatic)
  • Fertility Difficulties and Failures
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Eating Disorders: anorexia/bullemia, overeating(the DeTUR Method)
  • Test or Interview Anxiety
  • Sports Performance Coaching-golf, equestrians, baseball
  • Professional Performance Coaching-removing blocks to success that interfere with professional success.  For example, fears of public speaking, performance or social anxiety, inadequacies, anger, relational issues rooted in earlier life.
  • Many other difficulties

What is an EMDR Therapy Session Like?

An EMDR Therapy trained therapist works with a client to identify the important issue(s), to prepare them for EMDR Therapy, and to develop a protocol which maps out the scope of the EMDR Therapy.  One or more underlying disturbances or difficulties are identified for "reprocessing" (resolving the emotional impact of events and experiences). An image that represents the disturbance is identified as well as the feelings, self-beliefs and body sensations that the client identifies with the disturbance or difficulty.


The client is asked to focus on the disturbing memory, event, or experience  (along with the emotions, thoughts, and sensations that are associated with the memory) while stimulating the brain with sounds, light, or taps on alternate sides.  For example,  stereo headphones with beeps alternating in each ear, or alternating taps on the client's hands or the use of vibrating tappers held in the hands or using a visual light bar with lights that flash across the head stimulating both sides of the brain alternatively are used.  As a result of the repeated bilateral stimulation, the memory becomes less intense and actually seems distant.  When the memory is reprocessed, the client will frequently comment that "It doesn't bother me anymore" or it seems like it happened to someone else" or "it seems about as disturbing as something that happened on TV."
EMDR THERAPY has received the highest level of recommendation by the American Psychiatric Association.

  • EMDR THERAPY is an Effective Form of Therapy for Trauma and is included in a list of “highly recommended treatments for trauma that is part of the  Department of Veterans Affairs & Department of Defense Practice Guidelines.
  • EMDR is recommended by national departments of mental health including those of Israel, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, France, and Sweden.
  • The practice guidelines for the The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies found EMDR to be an efficacious treatment for PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder)."  
  • "EMDR is the most revolutionary, and important method to emergein psychotherapy in decades." Herbert Fensterheim, Ph.D. Cornell University

    Wherecan I get more information on EMDR?
  •  Introduction to EMDR Presentation Slides

  • EMDR International at www.emdria.org
  • EMDR Institute www.emdr.com 
  • The Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) (for EMDR)  http://www.emdrhap.org