Patricia is an approved consultant and a certified therapist in EMDR, and has been using EMDR in her treatment of trauma-related issues since 1996.
It is one of the most widely studied psychotherapeutic modalities. Hundreds of studies have been done ranging from older Vietnam vets to young traumatized children with extremely high success rates. This technique incorporates a cognitive piece with the bilateral stimulation to create a physiological and neurological ability for the person to reprocess the trauma, integrate it and put it into perspective in one's life. Children appear to respond to this technique quite positively and easily. Other studies have shown that EMDR is effective in treating other disorders as well such as panic disorder, sexual dysfunction, phobias, substance abuse, and dissociative disorders.
EMDR appears to "facilitate a physiologically based self-healing process" by causing a desensitization or reduction in the anxiety attached to a traumatic event as well as by creating a more adaptive positive emotional state. This adaptation includes a new cognitive perspective, renewed association with internal resources and an enhanced sense of self worth. Mothers of children who were killed by drunk drivers reported that after using EMDR, they felt a coming to peace with the event, a sense of spiritual connection with the deceased and an intention to continue leading a fulfilling life (Lazrove et al. 1995, November).
At the right time, EMDR is an extremely effective tool in healing the negative effects of trauma. There is a greater chance of success when the person is properly prepared. The Tapas Accupressure Technique is one of those techniques that helps not only to prepare the person for a greater chance of being successful with EMDR, but also is a self-help tool that can be used in between EMDR sessions.
Kaiser Permanente conducted a
pilot study funded by the National
This technique has also been helpful for PTSD with combat verterans. "I thought I was going to die," said Dick Morrill, as he described being pinned under a helicopter for hours in Vietnam. Listen to how TAT helped him truly leave it behind at TATlife.com. Currently, TAT is being used with active military and combat veterans.
a certified professional and trainer of Tapas
Accupressure Technique, and utilizes it in her
psychotherapy work with individuals, couples and
families. She also
teaches a basic training in the technique in a 2 day
is suitable for anyone over the age of 16. For those interested in continuing their
training to become a certified professional in TAT,
Pat offers additional training that is regulated by
TATlife. 1-day workshops and 12-week groups on
Transforming Overeating are also available. For more
information, go here.