Fisher Peak Counselling and Consulting
What is EMDR?

Counsellor-Wendy Haley BA, MSW, RSW registration #10733
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Fisher Peak Counselling is proud to be one of few counsellors that can offer EMDR in the East Kootenays.


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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It focuses on the individuals present concerns, which EMDR believes are linked to past emotionally charged experiences. These experiences are overly influencing your present emotions, sensations and thoughts about yourself. EMDR uses a set of procedures to organize your negative and positive feelings, emotions, and thoughts, and then uses bilateral stimulation. Such as eye movements or alternating tapping, as the way to help you effectively work through those disturbing memories. It's a trauma treatment. But it's not just for trauma. EMDR also works for anxiety, depression, grief, addictions, chronic pain and more! How does EMDR work? Well, our brain is a giant processor (like a computer). It has natural ways to process information such as REM sleep. During REM sleep our brains are constantly learning, taking past experiences and updating them with new information. While adaptive learning is constantly updating memory network systems, past emotionally charged experiences often interfere with this updating process. EMDR uses the same type of rapid eye movement in a much more controlled and targeted way to quickly process emotionally charged information in a safe environment. EMDR helps you break through the emotional blocks that are keeping you from living an adaptive, emotionally healthy life. How many sessions do I need? This is variable for every person and every situation. Some people can process information quite quickly in one to three sessions, some people may need more time, or have more information to process. A generalized treatment plan looks something like coming to treatment to express your concerns and your therapist will help you understand the dynamics of the presenting concerns and how to adaptively manage them. You will learn coping and self- soothing skills that will be important to use as you work through the processing phase. Your therapist will access and activate both the negative experience and the desired positive adaptive resolution. Bilateral and dual attention strategies will be employed while you free-associate as you work through the experience. Once the disturbing experiences have been updated, you and your therapist will work together to integrate these new insights and perspectives into your daily life. You may be able to get some or all of this covered through Employee Assistance Plans or third party insurance. Check us out on Facebook or call to book an appointment today!