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Genevieve Payne, MFT

Psychotherapy for Children and Adults

Contact Genevieve
1425 Leimert Blvd., Suite 302
Oakland, California 94602
(510) 984-6211

What Is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a well-researched and successful psychotherapeutic technique for treating trauma, anxiety and a variety of other problems and disorders. It is based on the understanding that when traumatic or adverse events occur, the brain often blocks processing of them and stores the original thoughts, sounds, feelings, and images of the event. When these sensations are triggered in the present, they can feel like they are happening all over again.

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What to Expect from an EMDR Session

During a session, EMDR helps reprocess these sensations through bilateral stimulation (BLS) such as following eye movements or holding buzzing tappers in each hand.

EMDR Therapy for Children

Children as young as two can also benefit immensely from EMDR; however, since children communicate through play, I often integrate EMDR techniques into sandtray and other play therapy modalities.

What Does EMDR Treat?

EMDR has been endorsed by the American Psychological Association, the Veterans Administration, and the World Health Organization as a preferred treatment for PTSD.

EMDR has also been proven effective for:
  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • Relationship and intimacy issues
  • Difficult life transitions such as separation and divorce
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Complicated grief and loss
  • Complex childhood trauma and attachment disorders
  • Phobias
  • Addictions and compulsive behaviors

Feel free to contact me for a free phone consultation to hear more about EMDR and whether it would be a good fit for you or a loved one.