Zahira Melendez Therapy, LMFT-A
"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. " - Nelson Mandela
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based therapy that helps people recover from trauma and difficult life experiences. EMDR is based on the belief that trauma is stuck unprocessed in the memory network. When this occurs, seeking professional help is recommended.
EMDR uses bilateral stimulation to activate the brain's natural information processing system, similar to what occurs during rapid eye movement sleep (REM sleep). The information processing system then integrates the memory networks with other information allowing healing to occur.
What is bilateral stimulation? Bilateral stimulation is a visual, auditory or tactile stimuli that fluctuates between the left and right side of the body. The most effective stimuli is the eye movement, where your eyes follow a guiding instrument as it moves from side to side. As an alternative, touch, pulsers or sounds are used, according to your needs.
What can EMDR do for me?
Reduce distress caused by memories from the past or fears of the future that are creating disturbance in the present.
Reduce distress caused by ongoing stressful situations.
Regulate the nervous system.
Process difficult life experiences without revisiting every detail of the difficult memory.
Provide you tools that will help you manage stressful situations more efficiently.
Reach your goals faster. EMDR tends to yield faster results than traditional psychotherapy. Some clients experience symptom relieve in fewer sessions when compared to traditional psychotherapy.
Use the natural brain's healing resources to process distressing memories.
EMDR can help with
Anxiety (general, social, etc.)
Trauma (developmental, sexual, medical, car accidents, natural and man made disasters, etc.)
Traumatic birth experience
Excoriation / Skin-picking / Dermatillomania
Sometimes weekly therapy sessions are not the most convenient because it takes a longer time span to resolve the issue. EMDR intensives provide the opportunity to do concentrated therapy. It is similar to a retreat, where you spend several days focusing on your healing. Each day, we'll take a deep dive into resolving the disturbance.
Intensives are specially beneficial for those whose symptoms is preventing them from working, driving, leaving the house, etc. Intensives seeks to restore balance and function in a shorter period of time.
If you think intensives might be right for you, contact me for an assessment.
In addition to the EMDR Basic Training, I am trained in the following:
Attachment Focused EMDR (AF-EMDR)
Integrated Treatment of Chronic Pain and Chronic Health Conditions
Early Intervention & Ongoing Traumatic Stress protocols developed by Dr. Ignacio Jarero and Lucina Artigas. Included are the Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization (ASSYST-Individual, ASSYST-Group, ASSYST-Remote, ASSYST-Remote-Group) intervention, the EMDR-Protocol for Recent Critical Incidents and Ongoing Traumatic Stress (EMDR-PRECI) and the EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol Adapted for Ongoing Traumatic Stress (EMDR-IGTP-OTS). These protocols are used to help individuals and groups living with acute, recent or ongoing traumatic stress caused by natural or man-made disasters, war, terrorists attacks, constant violence, and secondary trauma (including first-responders), amongst others. If you need individual interventions or are looking to provide group interventions, please contact me.