Diana Saunders, MA LPC

EMDR and Brain Gym®

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

Diana is EMDRIA trained through Level II and offers EMDR for individuals, teens, and children. When trauma is a part of a client’s life,  EMDR may be the optimal approach for healing. EMDR  has been one of the most highly researched methods for utilization in dealing with trauma. The American Psychiatric Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies designate EMDR as an effective treatment for post traumatic stress. The US Department of Veteran Affairs also finds EMDR an effective treatment protocol for war veterans.

EMDR is a unique method which involves stimulating the brain to heal and reprogram past trauma into a new healed program of health. EMDR providers must be trained and must have a clinical health background to offer this treatment. Most of my clients report increased feelings of relaxation, less stress, and less emotional charges around past traumas.

Many clients come to Diana via a referral from a physician,  school counselor,  or psychiatrist.  Special care is taken to assess the appropriateness to determine whether EMDR is right for the client. To book an appointment for EMDR please contact Diana for a consultation.

For further references,  research studies and a bibilography may be found on the EMDR International Association website,  www.emdria.org

BRAIN GYM®

Brain Gym® describes a specific set of movements,  processes,  programs,  materials,  and educational philosophy. It is a registered trademark of the Educational Kinesiology Foundation (Brain Gym® International) in Ventura,  California,  USA. Below is a list of its most common usages:

Brain Gym® movements,  exercises,  or activities refer to the original 26 Brain Gym® movements. These activities stimulate and recollect the movements naturally done (reflexes) during the first years of life as one learns to coordinate the eyes,  ears,  hands,  and whole body. The twenty-six activities,  along with a program for “learning through movement” were developed by educator and reading specialist Paul E. Dennison and his wife and colleague,  Gail E. Dennison.  These developers state that the interdependence of movement,  cognition,  and applied learning is the basis of their work. Over the last 20 years many,  including clients,  teachers,  and students,  have been reporting on the effectiveness of these simple activities. Research is ongoing to discover why these movements work so well. Some researchers believe that the infant/toddler movements or reflexes are either  accomplished inadequately,  or the reflex itself gets stuck in the “on” position and remains stuck.  Brain Gym® movements often bring about dramatic improvements in areas such as:

  • Concentration and Focus
  • Memory
  • Academics: reading,  writing,  math,  test taking
  • Physical coordination
  • Relationships
  • Self-responsibility
  • Organization skills
  • Attitude

How I use Brain Gym ®

I am continually finding new ways to utilize Brain Gym®. I have used it with the following:

  • To increase focus and/or attention and for individuals with ADHD/ADD
  • To overcome specific or non-specific learning problems or disabilities
  • To assist individuals with physical limitations which in turn can affect cognitions,  social interactions,  work,  or school functioning
  • To improve memory;  to improve academic functioning
  • To assist individuals who have suffered trauma;  to overcome triggers which induce trauma related symptoms
  • To improve social/familial/work/school relationships
  • To improve attitude which can be affected by moods such as depression,  and behaviors such as anger
  • To assist with pain management

It is my opinion that Brain Gym® is most successful when the movements are practiced on a regular basis over a period of time. The amount of time will vary based on the goal. I have seen remarkable results in short periods of time,  as well as longer periods of time. Please speak to me for the best recommendation for you or your child.

For further references,  research studies and a bibilography may be found on the Brain Gym® International website,  www.braingym.org