Dr. Tracy Smith is trained in using EMDR as a tool for treating and processing trauma.
EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing – is a technique developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro as an effective and evidence-based method for treating trauma.
EMDR can be useful to help with many different kinds of trauma, but it is especially helpful for people dealing with single-incident traumas such as bike or car accidents. EMDR works with our brains’ capacity for dealing with trauma. When a traumatic experience occurs, the brain tries to protect us from the experience by isolating it into a “scary island” apart from our “regular” life. People dealing with this trauma may find themselves increasingly trying to avoid reminders of the trauma, or experiencing sudden flashbacks or reminders of the experience. EMDR helps the brain to process the experience and integrate it with the rest of our memories, which can help reduce disruptive symptoms like avoidance, isolation, flashbacks, and hypervigilance. Many people who have experienced single-incident trauma report positive results after just a few EMDR sessions.
Sometimes athletes experience a trauma that creates a barrier to engaging in the activities they love – such as a triathlete who has a bad bike accident, or a hiker who experiences a life-threatening situation in the backcountry. EMDR can sometimes help a person get back on the bike, back on the trail, and back in the game.
To learn more about EMDR – visit the EMDR Institute Inc.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Tracy Smith, please contact 510.981.1471