My Name is Kate Shevkenek and I am a rapid trauma therapist at Hard Knox Counselling in Kelowna, B. C.. I use EMDR to quickly reprocess traumas adaptively to effectively relieve clients of any disturbance the trauma may cause them, physically, emotionally, spiritually, or psychologically. I have successfully completed levels 1&2 of EMDR training through The institute. I use the NeuroTek light bar to guide the eye movements used in EMDR therapy.

When people go through difficult experiences, they often do not want to think about them and try to avoid letting their brain go there. This causes the occurrence not to connect adaptively to the rest of the brain. It actually becomes a knotted neuron. People’s mental processes bounce off of these “knots” or get trapped in them like a negative thinking loop. This disturbs the normal flow of cognitive electrical activity in the brain.

These “knots” also cause trauma to get trapped in the nervous system and caught in the body causing physical pain, chronic pain, and auto-immune disorders. The disturbance caused by such trauma also affects the client’s emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Contributing also to inter-relationship problems, occupational difficulties, sleep disturbances, and so much more.

EMDR quickly processes these “knots” and connects them functionally in the brain. In doing so, the perspective of the memory broadens as the rest of the brain can mediate the once-knotted part. Further, emotion and physical sensations that are trapped within the “knot” are drained out and the little piece of the client that seems to be trapped within the memory returns to the client, leaving them feeling more wholly themselves.

EMDR is rapid and it is only necessary to go through the event once to process it fully. This is different than traditional therapy in many ways. In traditional therapy, clients painfully rehash the details of their trauma over and over throughout a period of time. Slowly they begin to build structure around the “knot” so they can learn to cope with it and learn to live with it. EMDR actually fixes the problem in just a few sessions.

Once a trauma is considered processed, it never becomes disturbing to the client again. Also, addictions begin to fall off, a healthy dream life returns, and clients begin setting boundaries with the people in their lives. This all is secondary to the trauma being adaptively processed.

I am one of the only EMDR trained clinicians in Kelowna. I am passionate about EMDR to the point that it is virtually all I do now. I am also the only therapist in Kelowna using the NeuroTek lightbar that is designed specifically for EMDR and has various methods of bilateral brain stimulation. The other counsellors practicing EMDR in Kelowna use their hand to direct eye-movements, which had been shown by research to be problematic.

I believe all therapy is going this way and I have never seen such rapid changes in client’s lives and wellbeing as that seen with EMDR processing.