EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Research has established EMDR as an effective long-lasting treatment for the disturbing symptoms of anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other negative symptoms. Traumatic experiences big and small can interrupt the brain's normal functioning and ability to process and store memories These disturbing experiences can overwhelm the nervous system and stay "frozen" in one's memory with the original images, feelings and thoughts. Unprocessed traumas can negatively impact one's emotional life, relationships, and overall ability to function well and thrive. EMDR helps you reprocess traumatic memories so they are seen from a new perspective and lose their original intensity. Guided imagery is used to create safety, and comfortable, calm, and peaceful body states for grounding.
How is it done? EMDR uses bi-lateral stimulation of the brain with eye movements, tactile tapping, or sound to reprocess and reorganize thinking about these painful memories. With trauma, disturbing memories become locked in the right brain hemisphere as fragments with the original feelings, body sensations, sounds, smells, tastes, and thoughts, frozen in time. The bilateral stimulation integrates these memory fragments with the left brain hemisphere responsible for language, so the information can be processed into a coherent narrative.
No one knows exactly how it works but these eye movements are likened to what occurs naturally during REM (rapid eye movement) or dream sleep. EMDR links memories so information is processed quickly like the rapid free association that occurs during deep sleep states. There is a dual focus of being present and witnessing experiences from the past. Mindfulness is developed as you observe and notice what happens without censoring or judging. Imagining a better resolution can quiet a hyper-stimulated nervous system. With this dual focus of witnessing, your adult present day self can nurture, rescue, care for, comfort and protect the frightened child that may have been alone. The limbic system responsible for the "fight"," flight", or "freeze" response is calmed so problematic triggers for symptoms like panic, recurrent nightmares, and flashbacks are resolved.
Processing disturbing memories with this observational stance unlocks them from the nervous system and places them in their historical past so they become less intense. Unprocessed disturbing experiences are reorganized so new information can be incorporated for understanding, insight, and present day resolution.
The method is used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, and Military and rescue operations internationally. Controlled research studies have consistently found that EMDR decreases or eliminates symptoms of PTSD. It is effective for single incident traumas (big and small) as well as for complicated PTSD. It has also been found effective for:
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Welcome to Innovative Psychology Counseling Services. Kim Malczynski, MA LCPC is a highly-trained and experienced Psychotherapist and Certified EMDR Therapist. She focuses on wellness and preventative mind-body medicine as well as treatment that addresses blocks to living a full and productive life. As an innovative psychotherapist, she received advanced training in many effective and evidence based therapeutic techniques. This means she is able to blend a variety of approaches including EMDR therapy to successfully address anxiety, depression, eating disorders, abuse, self-esteem problems, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and trauma resolution, relationship challenges, and other issues related to your psychological health.
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In addition to being an experienced psychotherapist, Kim is knowledgeable in many forms of treatment such as EMDR for trauma therapy, anxiety, performance problems, self-esteem issues, crisis/abuse counseling, solution-focused therapy, CBT, stress reduction strategies, couples/family therapy, emotionally focused therapy, mind over mood, temperament, and many more . . .
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Kim Malczynski, LCPC is a licensed psychotherapist and president of Innovative Psychology Counseling Services. Her goal is to help you better understand the dynamics that may be sabotaging your life. She will provide you with support, help you practice new behaviors, assist you through challenges or life crisis, and help you identify new and existing strengths and skills.
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“I have seen thousands of children, teens, adults, couples, and families in my career as a psychotherapist. Many of my clients have spent years in traditional psychotherapy. While that work was helpful and beneficial, they describe EMDR therapy as the technique that gave them the results they needed to heal.”
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Kim is a skilled psychotherapist who can help clients heal the lingering symptoms of trauma and traumatic events, as well as resolve the patterns, obstacles and challenges that keep them from having a more satisfying life. EMDR, when blended into traditional psychotherapy is the most reliable tool for lasting change.
"In my experience, EMDR therapy is faster and more effective than CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, gets to the root of the problem, heals the nervous system and facilitates new memories, feelings, emotions and connections in ways that traditional talk therapy cannot.
EMDR "unlocks" traumatic memories and negative experiences, anxiety, guilt, fears, avoidance, procrastination, phobias, rage, sadness, performance blocks, poor self-esteem, negative self-concepts, compulsions, and other unhelpful coping mechanisms, and finally allows clients to move towards healthy resolution and a more authentic life."