Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, or EMDR,  is a psychotherapy that can help the mind recover from extreme emotional pain or trauma. It is based on the idea that the mind can heal just like any physical pain one may experience. EMDR is an evidence based practice with proven effectiveness for adults with a history of trauma; there is also a growing evidence base supporting its use with teenagers.

How does EMDR work?

After a thorough history taking, EMDR therapists can help the client think of positive imagery and stress reduction techniques to employ when a traumatic memory comes to mind. In later sessions they work on employing these strategies and engaging in eye movement exercises to desensitize negative thoughts.

Who can EMDR help?

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy treats those who have undergone emotional distress, traumatic experiences, or are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Many use EMDR counseling also as a treatment for depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and anxiety in children and adults.

What are benefits of EMDR therapy?

In case studies, some have showed that a very high percentage of trauma victims no longer had symptoms of PTSD after only three 90-minute sessions of EMDR.

What are EMDR side effects?

Because of exposure to negative emotions associated with trauma, sometimes there can be a temporary increase in distress, however it is usually resolved over time.

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EMDR Therapists at Family Innovations

  • Rebecca BlaedeRebecca Blaede – MA, LMFT
    Therapist – Eden Prairie

    Rebecca received her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary. She has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist by the State of Minnesota since 2015. Rebecca has experience working with individuals and families in residential treatment, home-based treatment, and outpatient therapy. She enjoys working with adults, adolescents, families, and couples. Her eclectic approach takes into account each client's individuality while acknowledging how relational systems influence their mind and emotions.
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    Special Areas of Interest:

    • ADHD/ADD
    • Anxiety
    • Bipolar
    • Blended Family
    • Borderline Personality Disorder
    • Chemical Dependency & Substance Abuse
    • Couples Counseling
    • Depression
    • Divorce
    • EMDR
    • Faith-Based Counseling
    • Parenting
    • Personality Disorders
    • PTSD
    • Self Esteem
    • Self Harm

    Licensure, Certificates, Affiliations & Evidence-Based Specialties:

    • MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #2819
    • Trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
    • Basic Training EMDR Therapist
    • Facilitator of the PREPARE/ENRICH Relationship Inventory & Skill-Building program
  • Lee FolstadLee Folstad - MS, LMFT
    Therapist - Hudson

    Lee completed his Master of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin – Stout in May of 1989 and has been licensed through the State of Wisconsin as a marriage and family therapist since 1994. He enjoys working with a wide variety of counseling concerns with individuals, couples, families and adolescents. He has extensive experience in working with individuals and families that have been affected by trauma. Lee focuses on the mind, body and spirit in a holistic approach to therapy that combines his cognitive behavioral and existential background.
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    Special areas of interest:

    • Anxiety/Depression
    • Posttraumatic Stress/Acute Stress (PTSD/ASD)
    • Chronic Illness/Pain
    • Men’s Issues
    • Communication & Conflict Resolution
    • Grief and Loss
    • Life Transitions
    • Marital Problems/Issues
    • ADHD/ADD: Adult and Adolescent
    • Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

    Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties

    • Wisconsin Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #124-289
    • Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Clinical Fellow, Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Member, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF)
    • Basic Training EMDR Therapist
  • Reece ForresterReece Forrester - MA, LMFT
    Clinic Lead & Therapist - Eden Prairie

    Reece received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Saint Martin's University and his Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington State. He has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist by the State of Minnesota since 2012. He was trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 2014 & has experience using this evidence based treatment with a variety of issues. His background includes work in inpatient mental health as well as with chemically dependent clients. Reece is available to work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.
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    Special areas of interest:

    • Marital/Couple Therapy
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Addiction
    • Grief and Loss
    • Trauma

    Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties

    • MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #2498
    • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
    • EMDR Trained

     

  • Candi SchmechelCandi Schmechel - DMFT, LMFT
    Clinic Lead & Therapist - Anoka

    Candi completed her Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University. She received her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Alfred Adler Graduate School, and has been licensed through the state of Minnesota as a marriage and family therapist since 2004. She enjoys working with individuals, couples, families and adolescents. She has extensive experience in working with individuals and families that are affected by chemical dependency. She utilizes a holistic approach to therapy, incorporating mind, body, and soul care.
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    Special areas of interest:

    • Addiction
    • Anxiety/Depression/Perfectionism
    • Chronic Illness
    • Codependency
    • Communication & Conflict Resolution
    • Grief and Loss
    • Life Transitions
    • Marital Distress, Infidelity Recovery & Spiritual Relationship Growth

    Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties

    • MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #1231
    • LMFT State Approved Supervisor
    • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
    • LPCC/LPC Approved Supervisor
    • Clinic Member; American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Member Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Member Minnesota Association for Christian Counselors (MACC)
    • Basic Training EMDR Therapist
    • “Hawaii Model” Evidence Based Practices for youth with anxiety, depression, ADHD or disruptive behaviors

  • Joi SimpsonJoi Simpson - MA, LMFT
    Therapist - Anoka

    Joi completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology with an emphasis in both Marriage and Family and Criminal Justice from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul. She received her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University and has been licensed through the state of Minnesota as a marriage and family therapist since 2010.  Joi enjoys working with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. She has experience working with children and families in community, home, and outpatient services. Through outpatient care, she utilizes a strength-based approach in a variety of areas.
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    Special areas of interest:

    • Adoption/Cultural Issues
    • Anxiety/Depression
    • Behavior Issues/Parenting
    • Communication/Relationship Dynamics
    • Couples Therapy
    • Family Therapy
    • Grief/Loss

    Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties

    • MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #2243
    • MN Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Level 1 and 2 trained in EMDR
    • LMFT State Approved Supervisor
    • Adaptive Internal Relational Network Model with Applied EMDR Therapy Protocol (AIR Network Model) focused on dissociation. 
  • Rebecca Blaede
  • Lee Folstad
  • Reece Forrester
  • Candi Schmechel
  • Joi Simpson
  • Rebecca Blaede, MA, LMFT
  • Lee Folstad, MS, LMFT
  • Reece Forrester, MA, LMFT
  • Candi Schmechel, DMFT, LMFT
  • Joi Simpson, MA, LMFT