Connecticut EMDR Psychotherapists Directory is an online service providing networking, resources, continuing education, consultation and training opportunities for psychotherapy as well as regional meeting information for the New Haven EMDRIA Regional Network and for Psychotherapists who are trained in EMDR in Connecticut. This website facilitates psychotherapists in private practice and other mental health workers in various agencies and institutions, their colleagues, patients and family members as they seek clinical referrals, information and up to date resources.
The community of clinicians specializing in EMDR grows continually in breadth and capacity as does the community of those served. The site connects individuals seeking mental health treatment with area practitioners. It also provides current information regarding the numerous EMDR Therapy resources, trainings and events available in our area, within the New Haven EMDRIA Regional Network and beyond.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy is a highly effective, evidenced-based psychotherapeutic treatment approach that is successful in treating not only the wide range of single to complex traumatic events but additionally a wide scope of clinical issues such as: phobias, self-defeating or self-harming behaviors, panic attacks, relationship issues, grief and loss and binge eating and behavioral addictions, to name just a few. The therapists listed on this website are EMDR Therapy trained, and/or EMDR Therapy Certified and may additionally hold advanced certification in Consultation, Teaching and Training. EMDR Therapy is one modality amongst a rich multitude of interventions that the psychotherapists listed here share in common to treat trauma and other psychological conditions. The psychotherapists in this directory represent a community comprised with approaches stemming from a vast range of skill-sets, disciplines, therapeutic orientations, expertise and training.
The principal EMDR Therapy professional groups: the EMDR International Association, EMDRIA, the EMDR Institute, and Trauma Recovery/HAP are all represented on this site. Through these groups one can become trained in EMDR as well as pursue training for additional certification. Trauma Recovery/EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program, is responsible, amongst many accomplishments, for the Trauma Response Networks (TRNs) an invaluable resource providing victims of disasters, emergencies and traumatic events in our community and worldwide with effective and free trauma intervention. News about New Haven EMDRIA Regional Network Meetings will be posted periodically. Interesting Fact: The New Haven group is the longest running EMDR Therapy study group in the country. Interesting Fact #2. Trauma Recovery/HAP headquarters is in Hamden, CT.
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World Health Organization (2013). Guidelines for the Management of Conditions Specifically Related to Stress. Geneva, Switzerland
* Trauma-focused CBT and EMDR are the only psychotherapies recommended for children, adolescents and adults with PTSD.
American Psychiatric Association (2004). Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Acute Stress Disorder and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines.
* EMDR therapy was determined to be an effective treatment of trauma.
Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (2004, 2010). VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Post-Traumatic Stress. Washington, DC.
* EMDR therapy was placed in the "A" category as “strongly recommended” for the treatment of trauma.
24 randomized controlled (and 12 nonrandomized) studies have been conducted on EMDR in the treatment of trauma
"The speed at which change occurs during EMDR contradicts the traditional notion of time as essential for psychological healing. Shapiro has integrated elements from many different schools of psychotherapy into her protocols, making EMDR applicable to a variety of clinical populations and accessible to clinicians from different orientations."
- Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
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"The discovery of EMDR is one of the most important breakthroughs in the history of psychotherapy.
Having used it as part of my practice for 15 years, I - and many of my patients - still marvel at the depth and speed with which it can help heal and change the minds and brains, and even bodily symptoms of people who have been locked in, and suffering from trauma for decades...(it is) a method of healing trauma that has already helped millions."
- Norman Doidge, MD, Professor at the University of Toronto's Department of Psychiatry and the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York. author of "The Brain that Changes Itself".
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"Dr. Shapiro is a pioneer in the field of helping people overcome trauma and negative past experiences."
— Daniel G. Amen, M.D.
author 'Change Your Brain, Change Your Life'
Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Founder of the Amen Clinics.
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"Francine Shapiro has given a life-transforming gift to the world by her rigorous development of a science-validated approach to soothing the suffering of our small and large life traumas. Our experiences are remembered in networks of interconnected neural patterns that can later create maladaptive ways of thinking, feeling and behaving that may form prisons of the mind, forcing us to live in automatic ways we may believe we cannot change. Yet how we focus the mind can actually change the very structure of the brain itself. The key is to know how to use our awareness to create this important healing."
- Daniel J. Siegel, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine and author of "The Developing Mind" and "Mindsight".
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"EMDR therapy is an elegantly efficient psychotherapy treatment which integrates neuroscience and more traditional psychotherapy models, EMDR therapy has brought tremendous emotional health gains to my patients and to first responders and therapists in the aftermath of community tragedies and disasters".
Karen Alter-Reid, PhD
EMDRIA, Trauma Recovery & Independent Trainer
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To the EMDR community:
"I think that we are privileged and have a big responsibility. We have a medicine for some of the most painful illnesses in the world. If we do not share it, it is a shame. We have a treasure. It is important to touch as many people as we can, as it will have huge consequences for them and for their families. It is not too late. It is never too late."
- Susana Gabriela Uribe Ramirez, EMDR Institute Trainer, Approved Consultant EMDR Iberoamérica and for EMDRIA
EMDRIA Newsletter March 2014