EMDR

(EYE  MOVEMENT  DESENSITIZATION  REPROGRAMMING)

What is EMDR?

 

EMDR was originally designed by Francine Shapiro in the 1980's as a psychotherapy treatment that targeted and alleviated traumatic memories. EMDR therapy "facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experiences to bring these to an adaptive resolution" (EMDR Institute Inc.). By accessing these memories and their associated negative core beliefs, an individual establishes the formation of new adaptive/positive beliefs that essentially rewrite the old maladaptive/negative neural pathways. 

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EMDR and Sport

 

As EMDR has made a significant impact in the world of Psychology, its influence has not gone unnoticed in the field of sport psychology. Alan Goldberg, a world renowned sport psychologist, hinted at the powerful potential of this modality in his book "This is Your Brain on Sports." After working in the field of sport and performance psychology for decades, Alan Goldberg goes on to explain how he primarily uses an EMDR modality called Brainspotting when working with all of his athletes due to it's superior effectiveness over traditional sport psychology practices. It is incredibly inefficient to work on negative self talk or confidence issues if the narrative is being written by negative belief systems which are rooted deep within the brain; therefore, changing a belief of "I am a failure" to "I am worthy" will allow a person to access positive self talk and high levels of confidence more easily.

Unlock your Full Potential with EMDR

 

As EMDR has made a significant impact in the world of Psychology, its influence has not gone unnoticed in the field of sport psychology. Alan Goldberg, a world renowned sport psychologist, hinted at the powerful potential of this modality in his book "This is Your Brain on Sports." After working in the field of sport and performance psychology for decades, Alan Goldberg goes on to explain how he primarily uses an EMDR modality called Brainspotting when working with all of his athletes due to it's superior effectiveness over traditional sport psychology practices. It is incredibly inefficient to work on negative self talk or confidence issues if the narrative is being written by negative belief systems which are rooted deep within the brain; therefore, changing a belief of "I am a failure" to "I am worthy" will allow a person to access positive self talk and high levels of confidence more easily.

USING EMDR TO TREAT
Performance Anxiety

 

You have a "big game" coming up which people keep talking about and with every passing second before the first kickoff, face-off, tip-off, drive, or sound of the track gun, you feel a pressure physically weighing on your body as you try over and over again to "block it off." Your mind is now a reality TV show that haters can tune into to laugh at providing video evidence to your coach and teammates to blame the upcoming loss on. You've lost precious sleep, been completely unable to focus on your studies or notice your friends and family as you binge watch your incoming doom. Can you feel it? It must be true...

How has this happened?

Your brain does not know the difference between real life and imagined life. "I'M A FAILURE," "I'M NOT IMPORTANT,"...these are the words that are faintly visible across the screen as you watch your poor performance over and over again in your head. Your beautiful clever brain has decided to remind you of every other time you felt this way in every game you've ever played and it is beginning to feel inevitable that the game will not go the way you want it to. Just when you think you've seen every episode of your athletic life, your brain begins to remind your body of times you felt this way at school, at work, and at home when you were much younger. I'm a failure...I'm not important... 

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Experiencing Transformation through EMDR

 

Don't worry, you're not broken. Humpty Dumpty can always be put back together. Most of the time we are completely oblivious to the deep network of memories that are stored as negative and positive beliefs across seemingly unrelated experiences within our nervous system; however, for some of you, you may already recognize these connections, but feel powerless to change them. The good news is that for every negative feeling and belief you may have that reminds you that you are not performing at your best, there is a stronger, positive, more adaptive belief that can rewire all of those unhelpful neural networks through EMDR. You can once again, feel in control of your performance and in control of your life.

The return to Flow State

Every athlete's primary goal should be to achieve "flow state." The scientific purpose to practicing every day, working on every physical, technical, emotional, and mental skill of your craft, is to be able to simply be, reacting to the present moment rather than thinking of every move you make. By knowing exactly who you are as an athlete and as a person, EMDR can help you actively live in a way that reinforces all of the positive beliefs you have about yourself.

 

Instead of believing that you are not good enough, a new stronger belief of I AM GOOD ENOUGH or I AM EXACTLY WHO I WAS BORN TO BE can be woven deep within the nervous system. Rather than believing that you are a failure or that you're not important, EMDR can help you see every moment in your life that proves YOU ARE WORTHY and YOU ARE IMPORTANT. And for anyone tired of not feeling safe, scared or afraid of pushing your limits to achieve higher levels of athletic success, EMDR can show you that YOU ARE SAFE and that YOU ARE STRONG.

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