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Ms. Celeste has specialized training as an EMDR [EMDRIA] Certified Therapist for both adults and children and has been working with clients with this treatment modality since 2016.
This treatment approach, which targets past experience, current triggers and future potential challenges, often results in:
EMDR is designated as an effective treatment by the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and many other international health agencies.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive psychotherapy, originally developed by Francine Shapiro. EMDR has been clinically proven to accelerate the treatment of a wide range of problems and self-esteem issues related both to disturbing past traumatic events and present life conditions. This interactive approach has been empirically tested with clients who have experienced a broad range of disturbing life experiences, including accidents, loss of a job or a loved one, rape, sexual molestation, exposure to combat and natural disasters. EMDR offers a reprocessing of disturbing life experiences resulting in a significant reduction or elimination of symptoms such as emotional distress, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks and nightmares. EMDR is also used to treat relationship problems and self-esteem issues as well as anxiety, depression, complicated grief reactions, phobias and addiction. It can also alleviate performance anxiety at work, on the playing field and in the performing arts.
This powerful psychotherapy approach has helped over an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress.
The EMDR International Association is a non-profit professional association whose mission is to establish, maintain, and promote the highest standards of excellence, and integrity in EMDR practice, research, education and professional training. EMDRIA sponsors international conferences, has a membership directory, referral service and publishes a quarterly newsletter [link on Resources page].
Trauma information pages by David Baldwin
Provides up to date information and research on trauma and EMDR for clinicians and clients.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from symptoms and emotional distress that can be a result of disturbing life experiences.
In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning and experience of painful events is transformed on an emotional level. For instance, a rape victim shifts from feeling horror and self-disgust to holding the firm belief that “I survived it and I am strong.”
Unlike talk therapy, the insights clients gain in EMDR therapy result not so much from clinician interpretation, but from the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes. The net effect is that clients leave EMDR therapy feeling empowered by the very experiences that once debased them. Their wounds have not just closed, they have transformed.
As a natural outcome of the EMDR therapeutic process, a client's thoughts, feelings and behavior are all robust indicators of emotional health and resolution, all without speaking in detail of distress or doing homework used in other therapies.
EMDR therapy combines different elements to maximize treatment effects. A full description of the theory, sequence of treatment, and research on protocols and active mechanisms can be found in F. Shapiro (2001) Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing: Basic principles, protocols and procedures (2nd edition) New York: Guilford Press.
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