EMDR in Berkeley

“Trauma is hell on earth.
Trauma resolved is a gift from the gods.”
-Peter A. Levine

Feeling Caught in a Loop of Stress and Hurt?

Struggling with the persistent echoes of trauma, the relentless presence of anxiety, or the tangled web of relationship complexities can make each day feel like an uphill battle. These experiences often leave you feeling isolated, misunderstood, and ensnared in a cycle of pain. But amid this struggle, you’re not alone in your search for relief. You’re yearning for a profound shift—a way to break free from these challenges and step into a new chapter of your life where joy and fulfillment take center stage.

EMDR therapy offers a beacon of hope. It’s a clinically validated approach that has empowered countless individuals to reclaim their lives from the grip of pain. By facilitating the processing of distressing memories, EMDR can help alleviate their impact, paving the way for healing and growth.

Could EMDR Chart Your Course Forward?

Absolutely. If you find yourself navigating a maze of stress, hurt, or adversity, know that there is a path forward. While embarking on the journey towards healing may seem daunting, EMDR serves as a trusted guide.

By harnessing your brain’s innate capacity for healing, EMDR offers a way to untangle the knots of past trauma and reshape your present reality. It provides a safe and structured framework for processing painful experiences, allowing you to emerge stronger and more resilient.

So, could EMDR be the transformative tool you’ve been searching for? It’s more than possible—it’s a beacon of hope on your journey toward healing and wholeness.

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What Is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR, short for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, stands as a research-backed therapeutic approach aimed at aiding individuals in processing and healing from traumatic life experiences and memories. At its essence, EMDR therapy acknowledges that the impact of trauma can persist in our minds, influencing our daily functioning, behaviors, and emotional well-being long after the events have occurred. Through a structured eight-phase process, EMDR involves recalling distressing images while receiving various forms of bilateral sensory input, such as side-to-side eye movements or gentle tapping.

This method leverages the innate healing capacities of your brain, assisting it in reprocessing these memories to significantly alleviate their lingering effects. Rather than feeling trapped in the cycle of reliving trauma, EMDR encourages a shift towards viewing memories with greater detachment, freeing them from the intense emotions once attached. Ultimately, EMDR aims not only to alleviate symptoms associated with traumatic memories but also to foster emotional healing, empowering individuals to embrace a more present and fulfilling life.

Since its inception in the late 80s by Francine Shapiro, EMDR has garnered recognition as an effective treatment for PTSD and anxiety. Esteemed organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association, endorse its efficacy, solidifying its status as a trusted therapeutic approach.

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Since its development by Francine Shapiro in the late ’80s, EMDR gained recognition for treating PTSD and anxiety, endorsed by esteemed organizations.

Exploring the Advantages of EMDR Therapy

Recognizing the profound impact of trauma and emotional distress, EMDR therapy presents a holistic approach to healing and recovery.


  • Addresses a Range of Emotional and Psychological Challenges: EMDR therapy proves effective in addressing various emotional and psychological hurdles such as trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression, and attachment disorders.
  • Particularly Suited for Navigating Through Deeply Distressing Life Events: EMDR therapy shines in assisting individuals through profoundly distressing life events like childhood neglect, physical abuse, and sexual assault.
  • Offers Support Across a Spectrum of Traumatic Experiences: From coping with loss and military combat experiences to navigating serious health crises, vehicular accidents, and domestic violence, EMDR therapy serves as a valuable tool for healing and recovery.
  • Provides Relief and Promotes Emotional Well-being: EMDR therapy aids in processing sudden, harmful incidents involving oneself or loved ones, offering relief and facilitating emotional healing.

EMDR therapy extends beyond addressing past trauma; it also bolsters emotional resources, nurturing confidence and self-esteem.

Preparing for Future Events: EMDR therapy proves effective in preparing individuals for future events, allowing them to envision positive outcomes and “live into” a sense of success.


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Exploring EMDR, Trauma, and Brain Function

Within the intricate workings of the brain, unresolved trauma memories can serve as the root of numerous emotional hurdles and unsettling experiences. EMDR therapy serves as a catalyst for the brain’s access to and reprocessing of these traumatic memories, activating its inherent healing mechanisms.

When faced with trauma, the brain reacts by storing information and issuing cautionary signals upon encountering reminders of the event. These signals aim to prevent the recurrence of the distressing experience, forming a protective mechanism for future encounters with similar stimuli.

However, this perpetual cycle can be exhausting. You may find yourself in a constant state of tension or unease, feeling apprehensive even in seemingly safe environments. Irritability and forgetfulness may become regular companions, accompanied by the persistent intrusion of painful memories through nightmares or flashbacks.

Over time, these symptoms can embed themselves as “normal” responses within the brain, solidifying them as patterns within your mind-body framework. EMDR therapy facilitates the brain’s reconnection with the initial trauma event, fostering deeper understanding, processing, and eventual healing of the original trauma.

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Once the memories are properly processed, your brain can deactivate the danger signals and transition away from being trapped in the past.

Freed from the brain’s constant alarm, you experience relief, no longer haunted by past traumas, which opens the path to living a life driven by your own choices and aspirations.

What You Can Anticipate from EMDR Therapy

Should you opt for EMDR Therapy, we’ll embark on its structured eight-phase process, targeting specific issues of concern to you. Ahead of each session, I’ll equip you with supportive resources, ensuring you feel adequately prepared and empowered for the upcoming session.

During our 50 to 90-minute sessions, we’ll concentrate on addressing identified memories or issues using EMDR techniques. These may involve bilateral stimulation through eye movements, sounds, or taps, guided by me. Throughout the session, I’ll guide you to remain attentive to emerging thoughts, feelings, or beliefs related to the targeted memory. Bilateral stimulation will continue until the distress associated with the memory decreases.

Your active participation is crucial, and you’re encouraged to pause or stop at any time if necessary. Before concluding each session, we’ll conduct a body scan or other self-assessment to ensure you feel grounded and ready to resume your daily activities.

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I offer both in person and telehealth sessions near Berkeley in my San Pablo office. To learn more about my EMDR sessions, book a free consult.

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