Overcoming Anxiety With EMDR – A Success Story

This summer I’ve seen tremendous success using EMDR with Alex* (not his real name), a young adult client who was struggling with debilitating anxiety.  Having worked with him for two years, we developed great rapport and made solid progress using Mindfulness based CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) which helped him learn and apply new skills to manage said anxiety.  However, there was still much anxiety associated with the final task.  This involved moving away from home and embarking on his dream career; starting film school, something that he wanted more than anything but feared he would never accomplish. 

It was not until we started using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) that Alex was able to make a quantum leap into overcoming these struggles and stepping into mastery.  By systematically identifying and working through all contributory life experiences which resulted in a sense of powerlessness and fear, Alex was able to release long held negative beliefs that were holding him back.  In a period of just a few months we worked through all mental blocks and Alex was able to literally move towards living out a life dream with confidence and ease.  Plus, the timing was simply amazing!

As they say, the proof is in the pudding.  Alex recently emailed me from film school and spontaneously beamed: “Everything's going really, really well. Couldn't have done it without our therapy sessions and especially the amazing EMDR. Thank you for everything.”  Indeed, those priceless words speak for themselves. 

Struggling with fears that keep us trapped in self-limitation is a common theme that many people face.  As a therapist, I am inspired by the courageous inward journeys my clients take to overcome these challenges and am honored by the trust placed in me.  It is that poignant choice to stop hiding and face the struggle that makes all the difference and the final victory so meaningful and sweet. 

Wherever you are in your struggle, may you find the conviction and the support to stay the course.  Now, if you’re ready to shorten your struggle by working with the right therapist with the right tools, let’s talk.  My ethos is simple: The whole point of therapy is to make it no longer necessary. 

How can I help YOU master the challenges you face and step into living out your dreams with confidence and ease?

* All identifying details were changed to protect confidentiality.

Posted on October 9, 2014 .