Karen Wheeler, LCSW, RPT-S, CST-T

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that is highly effective and research tested. It has help millions of people to experience relief from emotional distress, often overcoming disturbing or stressful life experiences. We know traumatic events can include natural disasters, death, violence and abuse. However, we often don’t recognize the ways even small disturbing experiences can negatively impact our lives.

The EMDR Institute says that “sometimes the memory of the experience stays 'stuck' or 'frozen' in the mind and body.” It can become intrusive and interfere in our enjoyment of life and relationships. EMDR helps resolve or release the troubling thought or emotion through the use of “bilateral stimulation,” meaning alternately stimulating the left and right side of the brain through eye movements, tones or sensory stimulation such as tapping.

Ms. Wheeler uses EMDR with both adults and children in conjunction with verbal therapy, Energy Psychotherapy, Jungian sandplay and play therapy, depending on the needs of the client. EMDR helps to resolve troubling feelings and thoughts as well as increase positive beliefs.

During the session the client and therapist identify a disturbing thought or experience they would like to resolve. Everything about the belief or experience is remembered while the therapist taps or uses a device called a tactile stimulator. This device is held by the client in each hand and very gently vibrates, first one hand and then the other. As the session and treatment progresses the client should find the negative aspects diminish and positive beliefs strengthened.

EMDR has been found to be helpful with posttraumatic stress, anxiety, panic, stress reduction and unresolved anger. Please go to the EMDR Institute webpage for more information.

The Office

Highwood Park Plaza

3173 Wrightsville Ave.

Wilmington, NC 28403

(corner of Wrightsville and Wilshire)

Phone (910) 251-7950

Fax (910) 251-7980