EMDR

(Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)

A crucial tool for self-exploration and healing

 

Whether you’re feeling anxious as a young professional searching for work-life balance, a new parent worrying about getting it right, or exploring your cultural and family identities, EMDR can support you. 

 

You’re stuck and looking for a viable alternative. Intellectually, you know what weighs on you daily, you see the links, and you feel the impact, but you haven’t yet been able to make an emotional shift toward change. You’re ready for that change, but you fear making a mistake. 

 

You’re facing multiple internal and external pressures and you don’t want to waste any more time.

What EMDR is and what EMDR isn’t 

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a powerful therapy that can allow you to heal from distressing life experiences. Your brain wants to heal. Just like your body can recover from physical stress or injury, so can your mind—which is how we harness the power of EMDR therapy. 

An approach that honors all of you 

As a Korean bilingual/bicultural therapist, I know how difficult it can feel to carve out a space for yourself. Your multiple roles are hard to carry. The whole of who you are can’t be broken apart and compartmentalized—you want to find balance and harmony between the life you *want* and the life you feel like you *should* be leading. Plus, an important part of your identity is honoring and living up to your family’s expectations, which can feel heavy. 

 

How quickly does EMDR work?

You need relief, and you’re ready to address your struggles now. You don’t have the time or resources for years of therapy on top of everything else. That’s where EMDR might work well for you. 

 

EMDR is an equitable and time-sensitive form of treatment that may provide a quicker release from pain than traditional talk therapy or psychodynamic therapy. EMDR can help you go deep quickly and get to the other side of your pain.

What's NEXT?

Schedule a 15-minute consultation call with me to get started on your path to relief.

Invitation to learn more

 

An invitation to explore and shift your thinking

My style of culturally responsive EMDR starts with exploring what your life experience has been so far. You need a place to process your family’s immigration story, or examine the racial and cultural experiences you’ve had in today’s fragmented world as a person of color. You feel the pull to understand the influence of lived traumatic events. You may not even realize how your identities impact you until you have a safe place to unpack them. 

 

My goal is to help you clear away difficult feelings and experiences so you can have choices about your path forward.

A way forward without revisiting every element of your past

I know shame around feelings can be very real. Voicing your past or current struggles to a stranger isn’t easy. My biggest aim is to create a feeling of safety so you can fully immerse yourself in the healing process. Even though we can deal with difficult subjects using EMDR, I don’t need to know every single detail of your past or traumatic experiences to be able to support you in processing them. 

EMDR is...

 

  • An eight-phase treatment that uses eye movements, or other bilateral stimulation, to target, process, and heal painful or stressful memories and feelings. 

  • A path to help you access parts of your brain that may have previously felt closed off, or unsafe, with the support of a trusted professional. 

  • A way for you to move through feeling blocked to feeling free. 

  • An accessible way to understand yourself and your lived experience—without committing to years of talk therapy. 

  • An opportunity for you to experience and explore yourself in a safe environment. ​

EMDR isn't...

 

  • Hypnosis. Although the two are often confused, I won’t be waving a pocket watch in front of your eyes and you won’t be hearing, “You are getting very, very sleepy.” 

  • Reliant on you being unconscious, or the power of suggestion. 

  • Only focused on past trauma or pain. EMDR can be used to enhance your life or work through future stressors, like an upcoming professional exam. 

  • Narrowly focused. While we often start with one specific memory, trigger, or stressful event, doing so can actually relieve multiple pain points. 

  • Stressful eye movement. While EMDR often uses eye movements, it’s not limited to that. Other types of bilateral stimulation, like tapping or alternating sounds, are also effective.

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