EMDR

Dr. Crawshaw is a Certified EMDR Therapist. But what does that mean?

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an effective method of psychotherapy. To date, EMDR has helped millions of people relieve many types of psychological distress.

In 1987, Psychologist Francine Shapiro observed that eye movements seemed to reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts in certain circumstances. She went on to formally study this effect scientifically. In 1989, the Journal of Traumatic Stress, published the reported success of using EMDR to treat people who had suffered trauma. EMDR has since evolved and dozens of studies have investigated and consistently found EMDR to be effective in decreasing/eliminating traumatic stress for the majority of clients. Furthermore, the American Psychiatric Association, The International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and many other international health and government agencies have found EMDR to be an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress.

EMDR treats:

  • Personality disorders
  • Phobias
  • Addictions
  • Panic Attacks
  • Pain Disorders
  • Sexual/Physical abuse
  • Complicated Grief
  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Disturbing Memories
  • Stress Reduction

How does it work?

When a person is very upset, their brain does not process information in an ordinary way. Instead, one moment becomes, “frozen in time” and remembering trauma feels like the person is experiencing the trauma for the first time all over again. The images, sounds, smells and feelings haven’t changed. EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information, Normal processing is resumed following a successful EMDR session. Memories are not erased, they are simply transformed into memories that are less upsetting. This is a similar process to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. (Description by EMDRIA)

What is the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)?

EMDRIA is the association that sets the standards and maintains training for therapists who practice EMDR. EMDRIA provides training, support and the latest research to practitioners who utilize EMDR in their practice. All practitioners must complete an intensive training program in order to gain membership in EMDRIA. Therapists who are not recognized by EMDRIA are not held to the highest standards of practice in this methodology. Dr. Crawshaw was first trained and later certified by EMDRIA. It is a great honor to be certified by EMDRIA. Certification establishes Dr. Crawshaw’s expertise and credibility in the EMDR community.