Certified EMDR Therapy

A powerfully transformative therapy.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is a powerful, evidence-based approach to treating a wide variety of issues. It is best known as a therapy that treats PTSD and major traumas such as abuse, natural disasters, assault, combat experiences, traumatic loss, car accidents and medical traumas.

EMDR Therapy can also be very effective in helping people who do not suffer from major trauma or PTSD, but are nevertheless impacted by adverse childhood experiences. Examples include dysfunctional family environments characterized by lack of nurturing, high conflict/criticism, or alcoholism/substance abuse; humiliations such as being bullied; failures; and peer problems. Studies have shown that the impact from general adverse life events such as these can be as devastating, if not more so, than major traumas. EMDR is also used to enhance performance, self-esteem and coping skills.

Dr. Wright’s training in EMDR in 2004 was pivotal in her professional and personal development, both expanding and deepening how she conceptualizes, experiences, and works with human suffering and healing. Since then, EMDR Therapy has been the main focus of her clinical practice with a wide variety of clients and presenting issues.

Dr. Wright is grateful to have been trained by Dr. Francine Shapiro, the founder of EMDR, and has maintained Certification through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) since 2006. Among other requirements, EMDR Certification requires continuing education in EMDR and trauma treatment every two years. She is also a Consultant-in-Training through EMDRIA, providing consultation to EMDR therapists for certification or general purposes.

Although Dr. Wright welcomes innovation, and stays as up to date as possible on developments in the field of trauma treatment, she conducts EMDR from a standpoint of fidelity to Francine Shapiro’s 8-Phase Protocol that is backed up by 30 years of research. She believes strongly in correctly naming the therapies that are provided to clients, so that they are able to give informed consent to the treatment they are receiving.

We must learn to be grounded before we can fly.

Dr. Wright ensures that you have the coping and self-regulation skills you need to feel comfortable before moving into the deeper phases of therapy. We all want to heal as quickly as possible, yet if we move too fast, therapy can feel overwhelming. Dr. Wright will work with you to achieve your goals in a safe timeframe.

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What is EMDR Therapy Used For?

Psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro developed Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 1987. Since then, it has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress. Extensive research has proven the effectiveness of EMDR Therapy in the treatment of:

  • Trauma, such as post traumatic stress (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Phobias
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Worries about future events such as medical procedures

EMDR can also be used to enhance performance and creativity.

How Does EMDR Work?

EMDR Therapy is a mind-body approach that incorporates directional movement of the eyes at specific stages in the process. Similar to the rapid eye movements that occur during REM sleep and dreaming, this activity works to "unlock" the nervous system and allows the brain to rapidly and gently reprocess disturbing events, seeing them in a new and more integrated way. /p>

When a disturbing event happens, it can become “frozen” in the nervous system with the original visual images, sounds, negative thoughts, body sensations and emotions associated with it. This can happen with single traumatic events such as natural disasters, medical trauma, car accidents, military combat, and assault. However, it can also happen with stress repeated over time, for example when someone suffers verbal, sexual or emotional abuse or grows up witnessing addiction, illness, or violence in the home.

To the brain, it doesn’t matter whether the disturbing event happened yesterday or 20 years ago, or whether it happened once or countless times: the past is still locked inside, frozen in time, and therefore, it feels as though the Past remains very much in the Present.

For this reason, EMDR Therapy often brings relief from current symptoms such as anxiety, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, somatic distress, and nightmares. After EMDR processing, you still remember that the event occurred, but it is no longer distressing. The event is now stored in the brain as something bad that happened in the past, but it does not have the power to upset you in the present. This is the “desensitization” aspect of EMDR.

The “reprocessing” aspect of EMDR allows you to let go of the negative thoughts and beliefs that can get stuck when you suffer a disturbing experience. These can be replaced with healthy, positive beliefs, resulting in an improved view of yourself and your life. In this way, EMDR Therapy has a deep impact not only in helping you to stop reliving the traumatic event, but also in reprocessing and letting go of destructive negative beliefs that got stuck along with it and continue to impact your present day experience.

Is EMDR Right for Me?

EMDR Therapy is not simply a rapid tool or technique, despite how it is sometimes portrayed in the media. It is a comprehensive, integrative therapeutic approach that targets:

  • Past disturbing experiences,
  • current triggers for distress in the present, and
  • future potential challenges to well-being.

If you are coming in for a single traumatic event such as a car accident, medical trauma or assault, EMDR Therapy can be a relatively brief therapeutic approach. Similarly, if you want help with performance anxiety or creativity enhancement, EMDR can be a brief therapy.

At times it is appropriate for EMDR Therapy to be performed as an additional treatment to your current psychotherapy. I am happy to consult with your therapist on whether EMDR would be a helpful part of your treatment plan.

If you have a history of repeated disturbing life events, then EMDR Therapy will likely be a longer-term treatment. In these circumstances it is typically not advisable that you continue to see two therapists.


Contact Dr. Wright at (304) 462-2691 to explore whether EMDR Therapy is right for you.

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