EMDR

EMDR

Ages 5 – Adult

“EMDR: Unleashing the power within to heal, transform, and thrive.”

~ Francine Shapiro

 

Through 35 years of research, EMDR has been shown to effectively decrease symptoms associated with numerous concerns, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), complex trauma, anxiety, eating disorders. and elements of depression.

Because we believe EMDR is a powerful tool that offers great potential for healing, our entire team is trained in EMDR. Several therapists are certified and are consultants. We offer EMDR for individuals and couples, pediatric EMDR, EMDR Intensives, and the integration of EMDR into psychedelic therapy.

The Healing Potential of EMDR

Although EMDR was originally developed to address the symptoms of trauma, EMDR can also help with the following:

  • Decreasing panic attacks, social anxiety, and phobias
  • Healing from complicated grief and loss
  • Treating body dysmorphic disorders
  • Improving body image and self-esteem
  • Treating complex trauma and dissociative disorders
  • Addressing performance anxiety in a variety of settings
  • Reducing or eliminating distressing emotions related to painful memories
  • Improving relationships
  • Letting go of perfectionism
  • Replacing negative beliefs about yourself, the world, and others with more adaptive ones

A bibliography of the extensive 35+ years of research about the benefits of EMDR can be found at the EMDR International Association’s website: www.emdria.org

Common Questions about EMDR

What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is an evidence-based practice initially developed by Francine Shapiro in 1987. as an intervention to overcome the psychologically devastating effects of trauma.

More specifically, EMDR is an 8-phase therapeutic process discovered by an American Psychologist, Francine Shapiro, in 1987. The eight phases include: History and Treatment Planning, Preparation, Assessment, Desensitization, Installation, Body Scan, and Closure. While true EMDR utilizes all 8 phases, when people talk about EMDR, they are generally referring to the Desensitization stage. This is the stage which involves Bilateral Stimulation, which can be done through various types of alternating bilateral stimulations including eye movement, tapping on the knees or hands, using hand-held buzzers, or listening to auditory stimuli.

How does EMDR work?

Because EMDR incorporates bilateral stimulation, people are able to process through their issues much more quickly and effectively than traditional talk therapy.

Essentially, the Bilateral Stimulation works with both hemispheres of the brain to help desensitize the neural pathways the brain currently uses when thinking about a traumatic event (Desensitization Stage). The Bilateral Stimulation is then able to create new neural pathways in the brain to install a stronger, more adaptive belief (Installation Stage).

Clients can experience EMDR in many different ways. For some it involves thoughts, memories, or feelings. For others, the process may involve more physical sensations such as pressure in the chest. Regardless of how people process, the goal is to reduce the distress associated with the target issue.

Besides trauma, what else can EMDR help with?

Although EMDR was originally developed to address the symptoms of trauma, EMDR can also help with the following:

  • Decreasing panic attacks, social anxiety, and phobias
  • Healing from complicated grief and loss
  • Treating body dysmorphic disorders
  • Improving body image and self-esteem
  • Treating complex trauma and dissociative disorders
  • Addressing performance anxiety in a variety of settings
  • Reducing or eliminating distressing emotions related to painful memories
  • Improving relationships
  • Letting go of perfectionism
  • Replacing negative beliefs about yourself, the world, and others with more adaptive ones
How does EMDR differ from other trauma therapies?

All trauma interventions have a similar goal: reduce the distress caused by traumatic memories. There are three main evidence-based therapies for trauma: prolonged-exposure therapy (PE), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT). EMDR has been found to help in fewer sessions and does not require homework between sessions. It is the classic treatment for veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD, survivors of violence, and those suffering the effects of traumatic natural disasters such as hurricanes and other forms of devastation.

Can I stay with my current therapist and still receive EMDR therapy from you?

Yes. Because not all therapists are trained to use this form of therapy, we offer our expertise in EMDR to supplement the ongoing therapy clients are already receiving with their primary therapist. Adjunctive therapy does not replace or interrupt ongoing therapy. It is complementary to primary therapy.

The process entails well-focused and clearly defined issues to address with EMDR, such as intrusive memories, flashbacks, negative thoughts, or other feelings that just don’t change or go away during traditional treatment. Usually this type of adjunctive therapy is short term and can be done in the form of an intensive.

Meet The EMDR Therapists

Accepting New EMDR Cases

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Joey Tadie, PhD, LCP

Dr. Joey Tadie is a talented psychologist with a gift for connecting with people. He is trained in EMDR and psychedelic-assisted therapy. He brings his high-energy, encouraging style to his work with clients dealing with depression, relationship problems, and trauma. He has special expertise in exploring spirituality and religion in therapy...

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Libby Korell, MSW, LCSW

Libby Korell, LCSW is passionate about her work helping people heal from complex, multilayered traumatic histories. She has special expertise in helping children and families coping with life limiting illness, abuse, major trauma and loss. She works with children, adults and parents in a caring, direct, and warm manner. She is highly adept at working with pregnant moms, postpartum families, and adults (ages 20 and up) struggling with depression, anxiety, or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder...

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Chelsea Campbell, PsyD, LCP

Dr. Chelsea Campbell is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Assessment Coordinator at Catalyst. She brings a direct but caring approach to her work with couples and individuals. She has special expertise in working with athletes, high achievers, and couples communication. Working with Chelsea in therapy or assessment will help you identify and build on your strengths. She is easy to talk to and deeply knowledgeable...

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Sarah Long, PsyD, LCP

Dr. Sarah Long is a gifted psychologist with over a decade of experience helping people to heal from the impacts of traumatic events and recover from eating disorders. Dr. Long leads the Eating Disorder team at Catalyst, provides EMDR, Psychedelic Assisted Therapy. Dr. Long also uses her expertise in Collaborative Therapeutic Assessment to evaluate complex Eating Disorder cases and provide guidance for treatment...

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Allison Kalivas, MA, MFTC

Allison Kalivas, MFTC is an empowering therapists who brings her genuine care and curiosity to each person she works with. Her specialties include EMDR, Eating Disorder Recovery, and Psychedelic Assisted Therapy. Allison's is not afraid to be in a tough place with you. She knows that coming into therapy can be a vulnerable experience. She will be your co-pilot, sitting with you in your experience and motivating you to focus on your goals...

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Katie Godfrey, PhD, LMFT

Dr. Katie Godfrey, LMFT is a seasoned expert in trauma recovery with EMDR, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and LGBTQ+ Affirming care. She brings her passion for helping her clients thrive into every session. Katie is approachable, knowledgeable, and easy to talk to...

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Hannah Pitts, MSW, LCSW

Hannah Pitts is passionate about her work with children, new mothers and parents, and complex, multilayered traumatic histories. Hannah has provided trauma-informed care to children, teens, and adults for nearly a decade. She works with all ages to provide sound care for all of her clients in a compassionate, non-judgmental environment. Hannah works with the whole family around medical issues, trauma, grief and loss, adoption, and blended families. She is trained in EMDR and Brainspotting...

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Erin Staniszeski, MSW, LCSW

Erin Staniszeski, LCSW is passionate about her work with survivors of mass shootings, childhood trauma, and complex, multilayered traumatic histories using EMDR and Brainspotting. She is an expert in EMDR, training and supervising clinicians for certification. Erin is able to sit with your story, no matter what you have been through. Having worked with many survivors of trauma, Erin carries an unshakable confidence in your ability to break through and thrive...

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CJ Clinkscales, PsyD

Dr. CJ Clinkscales is an intuitive clinician who has a gift for connecting deeply with clients. He brings a depth psychology perspective to his work in therapy, with adults and couples. He uses his skills in EMDR and psychedelic-assisted therapy to support deep, lasting healing. CJ is an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist who works with individuals (16-70 years old) and couples, specializing in his work with teens and young adults. He creates a space for you to be your most authentic self as you delve into the challenges you might be facing and works collaboratively with you to individualize treatment for your needs...

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Mary Miller, MS, LCSW

Mary Miller, LCSW is known for creating a space where clients feel safe and comfortable to work through even the most difficult events. She is passionate about her work helping people heal from trauma, improve their relationships, and begin to thrive in their lives. She is warm, trustworthy, and has an infectious energy that helps lift up everyone she works with...

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Lauren Pinneo, MSW, LCSW, LAC

Lauren Pinneo, LCSW is a passionate advocate for her clients, supporting them as they heal from painful traumas. She uses her expertise in EMDR and psychedelic assisted therapy to help clients move forward in a new direction. She connects easily, using her relaxed, informal style while also ensuring her depth of experience to informs her work ensures you are making solid progress together...

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Dorothy Moon, PsyD, LCP

Dr. Dorothy Moon is a psychologist with 10+ years of experience, she is a gifted couples and EMDR therapist who provides intensives to clients ready to dive in to healing. Dorothy is a certified EFT clinician. She uses EMDR, EFT, and somatic therapies to help adults and couples on a range of struggles including anxiety, depression, trauma, racial identity, cultural influences, life transitions, and relationship issues...

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EMDR Therapists, not currently accepting new clients

Lies van Bekkum, PsyD, LCP

Dr. Lies van Bekkum is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Perinatal Coordinator at The Catalyst Center...

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Kendra Doukas, MS, LMFT

Kendra Doukas, LMFT is the Clinical Director of The Catalyst Center. Kendra is an experienced...

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Karmen Thulin, PsyD, LCP

Dr. Karmen Thulin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist serving clients remotely. She is easy to...

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Erin Jacklin, PsyD, LCP

Dr. Erin Jacklin, CEO and founder of The Catalyst Center is passionate about psychedelic assisted...

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