Alice Riley, LCSW
Alice Riley, LCSW 

EMDR Therapy

What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy is a modality that can be used with adults, teens and young children. It has been extensively researched and shown to reduce symptoms associated with most kinds of traumas and generally disturbing events and emotions. There are 8 phases that will take place as the client is ready for them.

The treatment will use one or more of the following types of Bilateral/Dual Attention Processing stimulation (BLS). This keeps the client and therapist in the past and the present at the same time: Each client can choose what they prefer--

Eye movement by following an object

Hand buzzers

Tone through headphones

Tapping

EMDR Therapy does not erase memories, it merely takes the emotional connection away from an event so that a person can recall and discuss the events without distress or disturbance. Research has also shown that the brain continues to re-process even after the session and well into the future. Clients may experience dreams, flashbacks, emotions and other sensations following the treatments especially after the trauma work begins. This is normal as it shows that your nervous system is doing its work.

I will ask for a specific consent for working with children. Adults can consent for themselves. I received my training at the Maiberger Institute in Boulder, CO and I will be working toward Certification in the next few years (this is a process!). 

EDUCATION
1992 Earlham College BA Psychology

1998 Fordham University MSW

2008 New York University Certificate in Clinical Supervision

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2016 to present Therapist in Private Practice

2008-2016 Clinical Supervisor Denver Human Services

2005-08 Social Worker - New York Presbyterian Medical Center

2001-2005 Therapist Catholic Charities of NY

1998-2001 Social Worker Bellevue Hospital Center

1993-1996 Foster care caseworker St. Vincent's Services