Eye Movement Desensitization
and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Do you have negative thoughts that won’t go away?

Are there times when you feel or tell yourself?
• I’m a failure
• I’m abandoned
• I’m powerless
• I’m unimportant

Have you experienced a traumatic event in your life that you just can’t seem to move past? Are you ready to try a revolutionary new approach to therapy that will rapidly accomplish what traditional talk therapy takes years to process?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type a therapy that helps individuals with emotional difficulties that are caused by emotionally disturbing life experiences from traumatic events to upsetting events from childhood.

We will work with your emotions, thoughts and body feelings as we heal your distressing memories and negative thoughts. The use of EMDR will allow you to access your own internal healing system to the point where you will feel great again. Those negative thoughts and feelings won’t bother you anymore.

EMDR seems to have a direct effect on
the way that the brain processes information

Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session; a person no longer relives the images, sounds and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is no longer as upsetting. EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.”


WHAT IS THE ACTUAL EMDR SESSION LIKE?

You will call to mind the disturbing issue or event, what you saw, felt, heard, and thought etc. Then you will talk about what thoughts and beliefs you currently have about that event. While you keep that in mind, we will begin the eye movement as you watch a light bar. Many people find the light bar to be quite relaxing. As you watch the light bar and think about the disturbing incident your mind will gradually begin to let go of the pain connected with the memory. As your brain processes the information it gradually heals and the memory will become less disturbing, eventually positive thoughts will replace the negative thoughts.

We will continue with sets of eye movements until the memory becomes less disturbing and is associated with positive thoughts and beliefs about one’s self; for example, “I did the best I could.” During EMDR, the client may experience intense emotions, but by the end of the session, most people report a great reduction in the level of disturbance.

We will need to have a couple of sessions before we decide whether EMDR is an appropriate treatment. We can discuss EMDR more fully and your questions about the method will be addressed. A typical EMDR session lasts from 60 – 90 minutes.

It depends on the type of problem, life circumstances and the amount of previous trauma to determine how many treatment sessions are necessary. EMDR may be used within a standard “talking” therapy, as adjunctive therapy with a separate therapist, or as a treatment all by itself.

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    “Dr. Story is the most compassionate therapist I have ever had. When you are with her, you get her 100%. She stays engaged in the session/appointment and gives you her full attention. I have been seeing her almost a year and I am making much progress on my healing from my childhood. She makes me laugh even when I don’t feel like it. She is honest, professional, and really loves what she does and has a lot of knowledge. I would recommend Dr. Story to anyone who needs deep healing and also anyone who just needs to talk things out.”

    TK
  • Quality and Compassion

    “Dr. Story listens with compassion and gives her all when in sessions. During difficult times, she always was able to find a bright light for me to hang on to and reflect on. She remains a positive influence in my life and my daughters as well. Such a wonderful and heart-felt person… highly recommend.”

    TB
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    “I have been going to Dr. Story for only a couple of weeks and I feel like I have made a lot more progress then my last therapist, the one that I have been going to for 10 years. I think the best thing is that Dr. Story keeps me on track during my sessions, I tend to wonder, and she brings me back to the topic at hand without me feeling like she cut me off. Dr. Story challenges me, she is very honest, I have become slightly annoyed at times because of her honestly, but when I get home, I realize it is just what I needed to hear. I can recommend her to anyone who needs any kind of therapy. Thank you for all your help.”

    MM
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    “Dr. Christina Story is phenomenal! She helped my husband and I during a very difficult time in our lives. She listened to each of us thoroughly, and gave her all during each and every session. I truly felt as though she truly cared about us as individuals and not as if we were a number or just clients. She’s even called/emailed personally and asked how we were doing if she hadn’t heard from one of us in a while. Just overall very caring, professional, and supportive! I have even gone to her to work on myself for personal growth. We have recommended her to other couples/friends and will continue to praise and recommend her!”

    LJ
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    GG
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    “Dr. Story is warm, personable, attentive, insightful, thought provoking, and someone I will go to again if I need further help dealing with life issues. Dr. Story was able to view and respond to my situation from a Christian perspective, which was vital for me, without being overbearing. Her comments and questions were always direct and relevant. Her “homework” suggestions were helpful and refreshing. She helped me clarify my issues and understand the potential consequences of decisions I was trying to make. She gave me important long-term key touchstones / phrases / questions to ask myself in times of stress or confusion to help me clarify my thoughts and feelings. That insight has allowed me to act from a place of strength and confidence. I have seen several counselors over the years and Dr. Story is the most helpful counselor I have ever seen.”

    CG
  • Quality and Compassion

    “Dr. Story listens with compassion and gives her all when in sessions. During difficult times, she always was able to find a bright light for me to hang on to and reflect on. She remains a positive influence in my life and my daughters as well. Such a wonderful and heart-felt person… highly recommend.”

    TB
  • Professional

    “Dr. Story is the most compassionate therapist I have ever had. When you are with her, you get her 100%. She stays engaged in the session/appointment and gives you her full attention. I have been seeing her almost a year and I am making much progress on my healing from my childhood. She makes me laugh even when I don’t feel like it. She is honest, professional, and really loves what she does and has a lot of knowledge. I would recommend Dr. Story to anyone who needs deep healing and also anyone who just needs to talk things out.”

    TK
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    TK

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