EMDR Therapy has helped millions of people
relieve psychological distress.
EMDR allows you to not only let go of old wounds, painful emotions and challenging life experiences, but it also helps you deal with life's stressors, like work and life balance, relationships and understanding yourself better.
So often, previous fears, hurts or resentments keep us locked in our past, and allow us to become easily triggered. Very often, we are unconsciously aware of what is causing us to over-react, shut down or try to avoid challenges, experiences or people in our lives.
EMDR gives you the tools, thoughts and awareness to help yourself with difficult emotions, and to develop your own road map to getting out of periods of psychological distress, so you can be your best self, and live your best life.
In EMDR Therapy, you actually heal your own brain, as we work through the memories and thoughts you had about yourself when something difficult in your life occurred. When we have certain life experiences, we develop messages and beliefs about ourselves to try to make sense of what or why something happened to us. These negative cognitions can range from unconscious or conscious thoughts such as "I am not worthy or lovable, " or "I am not safe in the world," to "everything that happens to me is my fault."
EMDR helps you integrate the events and memories which created these beliefs, and then change them into beliefs such as "I am worthy," "I am lovable" and "I am safe" or "I am in control." You will find yourself feeling more peaceful, calm and less triggered by old thoughts, memories & experiences.
HOW DOES EMDR THERAPY WORK?
WHY DOES EMDR HELP YOU HEAL YOURSELF?
No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes "frozen in time," and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people. Since children are ego-centric, meaning everything that happens to them is about them, they can develop negative beliefs about themselves that they carry into adulthood.
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 less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.
You really do heal your own brain with EMDR, alongside the clinician who guides you through the process and protocol. However, while it is extremely important that the steps and tenets of EMDR are followed, the area related to clinician direction is only as good as the clinician themselves, both as an EMDR practitioner and as a therapist.
Dr. Sage, as a licensed clinical psychologist, has extensive training and experience, not just in EMDR, but in Attachment, CBT, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Psychobiological therapies, as well as Mindfulness based strategies and tools, which will significantly enhance your experience and outcomes with EMDR.
Providing therapy is not only about skill, education and training, it is inherently an art as well, because we all have a wide variety of experiences, traumas, relationships, childhoods and adulthoods-- which uniquely combine to create the fabric of our lives, and the challenges we must overcome to live our best lives.
Dr. Sage uses all of her doctoral level knowledge and experience, alongside the EMDR protocol, to help her patients navigate, heal and change their lives, in a compassionate, safe and exploratory environment.
Finally, Dr. Sage dedicates herself to the mission of her work and purpose, which is that all of us are seeking to be healed, to be whole, to know our meaning and purpose in our lives, and to feel and believe that we are powerful, and worthy of love and belonging.