My name is Sean Downes and I’m a Licensed Psychotherapist in downtown Bend, Oregon offering EMDR Therapy to patients who are looking to heal past trauma, overcome anxiety, or resolve PTSD triggers that may be negatively impacting their daily lives. As a certified EMDR therapist, I’ve seen first hand the power of EMDR to generate healthier relationships, positive life goals and effective choices that turns lives around. Clients often experience a brand new outlook on life. An increase in self-confidence, self-awareness, happiness and joy.
I am also a Certified Yoga Teacher which enables me to offer a unique and integrative approach that combines talk therapy and mind-body awareness, helping each individual balance their own core energy with their unique brain chemistry.
What is EMDR Therapy?
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy that uses rapid back-and-forth movement of the eyes (bilateral stimulation) to help make memories of traumatic or stressful events less disturbing. Sometimes instead of eye movements, attention is moved from side to side by using sounds or touch.
The goal is to reprocess distressing memories. Negative feelings and beliefs associated with these memories are separated and replaced with more positive responses.
How does EMDR Therapy work?
Before starting EMDR, the therapist and client create a treatment plan. Together, they set goals to work toward. Then, memories are reprocessed in a safe, supportive environment. The therapist and client will work through thoughts and feelings as they arise, and repeat the process until the memories no longer cause distress. The therapist then helps the client learn to respond to triggers in a more positive and objective way.
The brain is naturally wired to help us recover from traumatic events and distressing memories. The healing process involves communication between a variety of brain regions, such as the hippocampus (memory-making center), amygdala (fear center), and prefrontal cortex (behavior center). In some people, events can be so traumatic that the event disrupts the normal flow of neural communication and memories get stuck, making you can feel like you are frozen in time. EMDR therapy helps you get unstuck by restoring the communication process.
Find out if EMDR Therapy is right for you
EMDR Therapy can be a powerful tool to help you heal from the symptoms of emotional distress, trauma and other experiences that may be hindering your personal growth and happiness.