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I'm Irina Adams, a trauma therapist. I use EMDR therapy to help people work through heir hardest experiences so they are able to live more rewarding lives. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. Experiencing trauma can affect the brain's natural ability to recover from distressing events. EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic
memories through alternating eye movements, sounds, or taps. I have seen how amazing EMDR is for my clients! Watching their healing process with EMDR has made me more confident that I can help future clients with their pain.

Trained and certified by the EMDR International Association ( EMDRIA Member ID: 43081823) Please visit my EMDRIA profile page at

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EMDR Pamphlet

EMDR therapy is recognized by the American Psychiatric Association (2004) for the effective treatment of trauma. The VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guidelines (2004, 2010) recognize EMDR as being a category "A" (highest level recommendation) for the treatment of trauma. Its efficacy is recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA, 2012) of the federal government. The World Health Organization (2013) recognizes EMDR as being one of two recommended treatments for trauma for children, adolescents and adults.

Those suffering from major traumas such as sexual or physical assault, combat experiences, accidents or the sudden death of a loved one can be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if certain symptoms exist. These include intrusive thoughts of the event; nightmares or flashbacks; avoidance of reminders of the incident and increased arousal, which can include problems such as sleep difficulties; angry outbursts; being easily startled or having difficulty concentrating. Research has also indicated that medically unexplained physical symptoms, including fatigue, gastrointestinal problems and pain can also go along with this disorder. Anyone suffering from PTSD can benefit from EMDR therapy.

It is a non-talk therapy in which the client does not have to go into detail about the memories of disturbing events which often contribute to nightmares, flashback and being triggered when unexpected events set us off.  EMDR therapy is a client-centered approach so the client is in control of the treatment process.  The client determines the pace of the treatment ensuring the treatment is manageable and effective. There is no homework involved, and in comparison to other treatment models the treatment dropout rate is minimal.

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