EDNA HEALY · MFT              

Compassion  Kindness Clarity           

EMDR Therapy

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcome. But when we are silent, we are still afraid.
So it is better to speak.

--- Audre Lorde

EMDR is an approach to trauma developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987.  It is a tool that has been widely researched and demonstrated to be an effective treatment for those who have experienced trauma. EMDR appears to have a direct effect on how the brain processes information.  It is believed that traumatic experiences (both large and small) get stored in our memory network and get stuck.  This leaves a pattern of automatic feelings and thoughts that get evoked when we remember the traumatic experience or when we encounter a new experience that in some way reminds us of the original trauma we are triggered. We react as if the old experience is happening again.  It becomes the filter, the lens through which we interpret our experiences through.

Through the use of bi-lateral stimulation (vibration using small hand-held tablets, tapping, or sounds - alternating left to right) a successful EMDR session can help to speed up the processing of traumatic events and diminish disturbing emotions and negative beliefs associated with those events. EMDR does not make your experiences/memories disappear: you still remember them but they are less upsetting and the physiological effects can diminish. By impacting the lens through which we experience ourselves and our relationships the world around us can transform. A successful EMDR session not only provides relief it can increase clarity and transform how we live.

* EMDR and Childhood Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Trauma, Neglect

EMDR is a highly effective method of psychotherapy that can help in the healing process for many trauma survivors.  I've found it particularly effective to use it in combination with mindfulness, somatic, grounding and visualizations methods.  I emphasize helping you learn skills to bring home with you along with healing the roots of your current distressful experiences.  

* EMDR and Panic Attacks

Panic Attacks can be debilitating and can interfere with functioning in daily life.  They come on suddenly, you experience intense fear or anxiety, your heart may start to race, you may experience shaking, dizziness, difficulty breathing or rapid breathing.  You may feel numb, start to sweat or have an upset stomach.  They usually last from 10 to 20 minutes.  EMDR sessions may be an effective method to help you find relief from panic attacks.  

* EMDR and Performance Anxiety

EMDR has been found to help many people who have performance anxiety. Frequently this is short-term work with a specific focus. It can help if you struggle with taking tests, or have difficulty with public speaking (in small or large groups).  EMDR can give you relief from anxiety and negative thoughts/beliefs about yourself and your abilities. 


Trauma* - childhood abuse (emotional, psychological, physical, sexual, neglect), invasive medical procedures (i.e. Dental, surgical)

Rape, Domestic Violence

Panic Attacks*, Anxiety, Phobias


Disturbing Memories - flashbacks, body memories, intrusive thoughts

Grief and Loss

Pain, Addiction,  Eating Disorders

Performance Anxiety*

Performance Enhancement - opening to creativity, working through
creative blocks

Please call Edna for more info: 510-459-3372

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