PTSD, Trauma Recovery, EMDR

            Do you have recurring nightmares and/or flashbacks and unprovoked anger caused by experiencing a severely distressing or traumatic event?
            Do you have trouble functioning in your job or personal relationships?
            Do you have a child who has experienced trauma and is having difficulty in school, is isolated from others, or has developed phobias?
            Do you repeatedly re-experience an ordeal in the form of flashback episodes, memories, nightmares, or frightening thoughts, especially when you are exposed to events or objects that remind you of the trauma?


            PTSD is diagnosed when symptoms last more than one month.  Most people will experience a trauma at some point in their lives, and as a result, some will experience debilitating symptoms that interfere with daily life. The good news is that psychological interventions are effective in preventing many long-term effects.


            Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, such as terrorist attacks, motor vehicle accidents, rape, physical and sexual abuse, or military combat.


            Renee is trained in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as a treatment method for trauma.  EMDR is a scientifically-validated treatment for PTSD and other trauma reactions (see www.emdr.com).  EMDR involves identifying the negative beliefs that the client has developed as a result of the trauma and using a series of bi-lateral brain stimulation (using tones or a vibration pad in each hand) to enable the client to desensitize memory and develop a healthier meaning of the trauma.  Clients often report that they are experiencing a relief from intrusive thoughts and that reminders of the trauma are no longer upsetting to them.


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