EMDR Therapy in Washington, D.C.

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Treatment - Wilfried Busse, Ph.D.

Dr. Wilfried Busse, Ph.D. is an experienced provider of EMDR treatment in Washington, DC and surrounding area. As a therapist who believes in an evidenced based approach to psychology, Dr. Busse knows that this scientifically validated approach to PSTD treatment and trauma therapy works. To learn more about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, what it entails and the many benefits it offers, contact Dr. Busse today.

Even though the formal EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) treatment protocol contains eight phases, they may be summarized in the following fives steps:

Step 1: Assessment. You will have an initial consultation with Dr. Busse in which he will thoroughly discuss your concerns and presenting problems to determine if EMDR may be an appropriate treatment for you. He will also assess the presence of social and emotional supports such as family and friends and other resources on which you may draw during treatment.

Step 2: Analysis. Dr. Busse will then make an assessment ranging from a formal diagnosis of some type of anxiety or trauma to more informal problems such as “emotional stuckness” in your life. He will also assess the kinds of coping mechanisms you have been using that have proved ineffective. He will instill the hope of learning more functional or adaptive ways of coping as EMDR treatment takes hold. Finally, he will give you an overview of EMDR and an orientation of the actual treatment procedure.

Steps 3: EMDR Treatment. Dr. Busse will prepare you by reviewing relaxation or “safe place” exercises prior to initiating the active phases of EMDR treatment. The defining features of the active phases of EMDR protocol are desensitization, installation and body scan. Dr. Busse will ask you to recall a traumatic memory or image that is most upsetting to you along with the degree of negative emotions and physiological arousal associated with the memory. These trauma symptoms are assessed for intensity and frequency. Your negative beliefs about yourself are also assessed in relation to the traumatic event. These emotional, sensory and cognitive components are thought to be stored in your nervous system in a dysfunctional way. That is, they are thought to be “stuck” and resistant to the normal processing we rely on to get over upsetting or overly stressful experiences.

While accessing the traumatic memory in all its manifestations, Dr. Busse will typically ask you to move your eyes back and forth in horizontal or saccadic fashion by following his fingers. At the end of each cycle of eye movements, you will be asked to “let go” momentarily of what you have experienced and spontaneously report any shifts or changes in the image, thoughts, feelings or body sensations associated with the trauma. The process will alternate between eye movements and brief verbal exchanges designed to assess and monitor ongoing changes.

Step 4: Closure. Dr. Busse will conduct a debriefing of the session to review any new insights or other forms of learning from the EMDR session. He will also insure that you are relaxed and well grounded before you leave his office. He may also encourage you to keep a log of any thoughts, dreams or memories triggered by the session.

Step 5: Re-evaluation. This step helps Dr. Busse assess for any residual symptoms or disturbing thoughts or feelings from the previous session. Such residual symptoms will be addressed as in Step 3 above. To the extent progress was made, he will reinforce your positive mindset to work with greater confidence on your other treatment goals.

The effects of a successful EMDR session(s)can be compared to the process of “overwriting” or neutralizing the virus of a computer, which abnormally slows down, distorts and interferes with “information processing.” EMDR, in effect, helps to overwrite the “corrupted files” of unprocessed trauma and results in more adaptive emotional and cognitive processing of traumatic memories. In sum, once you experience the “freedom from” traumatic symptoms, you are able to embrace the “freedom to” develop healthier perspectives and embark on the road to recovery with greater hope and self-confidence.

To date, EMDR has been the subject of literally hundreds of studies. The World Health Organization (WHO) was the latest international agency to endorse EMDR as treatment of choice for trauma. Previously such certifying bodies as NIMH, VA/Dept. of Defense, American Psychological and Psychiatric Associations, and national health organizations in the major European countries had endorsed EMDR.

If you are interested in seeking EMDR treatment in the Washington, D.C. area, Dr. Wilfried Busse, Ph.D. would like to speak with you. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. A licensed psychologist and mental health counseling professional of over 20 years, Dr. Busse specializes in EMDR treatment in his counseling practice, and has seen firsthand its ability to activate the most profound treatment effects in a relatively brief period of time. In our lives one moment of trauma can become “frozen” within our minds and bodies, with negative lasting effects. Such symptoms can be desensitized and reprocessed, which is what makes it such an effective form of PTSD treatment and trauma therapy.

Traumatic events reduce our ability to cope with other forms of stress. Even if these traumatic events may seem small in scope, they can have lasting and profoundly negative consequences if not dealt with. Many of these issues can be successfully treated and resolved using EMDR therapy, which has been proven effective in dealing with:

  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Mourning
  • School-related issues/Test anxiety
  • Public speaking
  • Panic attacks

Few forms of therapy in recent memory have been as groundbreaking as EMDR therapy. If you're interested in pursuing this innovative form of therapy to deal with issues of trauma, it is important to find a therapist trained and experienced in using it. Dr. Wilfried Busse, Ph.D. offers the experience and expertise you're looking for, and encourages you to consider this form of trauma treatment because of the profoundly positive affect it can have on your life.

Schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Wilfried Busse at your convenience. At your free initial consultation Dr. Busse will be happy to answer any and all questions regarding EMDR and therapy in general to your satisfaction.





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