EMDR is a psychotherapy technique that helps people get over disturbing and very emotional experiences.
EMDR is the abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. LA Psychotherapist Jessica McIntyre uses this in her practice.
“Some people just respond to this therapy better than other methods,” she said. “It is no better or worse than any other processes I use in my practice. It’s just different and it works better for some people and not as well for others.”
The EMDR Institute explains the treatment as “eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during one part of the session. After the clinician has determined which memory to target first, he asks the client to hold different aspects of that event or thought in mind and to use his eyes to track the therapist’s hand as it moves back and forth across the client’s field of vision… successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level.”
McIntyre says EMDR will bring up whatever trauma created the emotional problems. At the same time, it teaches the affected person to associate those traumatic events with something that is either pleasing or neutral.
“A good way of describing EMDR is taking the pain out or taking the sting out of the event. Desensitize. Neutralize. Put the issue in perspective, that it happened, it is in your past and it cannot harm you any more,” she said.
EMDR is being used to treat veterans and other people with PTSD. Ms. McIntyre said PTSD is associated most often with veterans, but it can happen to anyone.
“EMDR is used to treat anything that leaves emotional scars that affects how you live your life,” she said
For more information about Ms. McIntyre’s services and EDMR, please visit www.jessicamcintyre.com or call (310) 477-5188.
ABOUT JESSICA MCINTYRE (LMFT 37911) – The Los Angeles therapy practice is dedicated to being that caring professional. I have helped those who feel they have lost their way or lost their professional edge and simply need the support of a knowledgeable therapist who first relates by careful listening and then helps with the applicable counseling. This interaction specifically enhances impact reduction of irritating trigger events that underlie emotional problems. Success in this goal is usually indicated by the minimization and then reversal of the accompanying helplessness, confusion or low self-esteem that seems to be prevalent here in Los Angeles!
Contact: Jessica McIntyre, LMFT 37911
1554 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Suite 212
Los Angeles, CA 90025