Amy Elliott Ph.D. LPC RDT 919-724-1002
Amy Elliott  Ph.D. LPC  RDT                                                                                                




EMDR is an approach to counseling that has been researched extensively. The name is rather unfortunate! (EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). 


EMDR is recognized by the American Psychological Assocation as an evidenced-based practice. That just means that research has verified that EMDR is proven to be effective, especially for people who are distressed or experiencing trauma. 


Trauma is an experience that causes one to develop erroneous beliefs about oneself or the world and to behave in ways that are not skillful. (Parnell, 2007) 


There are two types of trauma:


Small "t" traumas:   Small t" traumas are caused by life experience that give one a lesser sense of self-confidence and assault one's sense of self-efficacy. They keep one from living to their full potential and cause suffering.  


Big "T" traumas:  are caused by witnessing or experiencing life events such as car accidents, wars, assaults, rape, childhood abuse,  disasters and loss. 


When a person eperiences a trauma it becomes locked into its own memory network as it was experienced -- the images, sensations, smells, sounds and beliefs -- as if frozen in time in the body-mind. 


Clients share that EMDR helps they to put what happened in the past in the past.  


EMDR is approved by the Veteran's Administration for resolving trauma.


verified by Psychology Today

 Location in Durham

My office in Durham is conveniently located by South Square Mall off 15-501.  



Enter via the street called Westgate Drive, accross from South Square Mall. Look for brick markers on either side of the road. Go up the hill and turn left into the parking lot and you will see building 500. Ring the doorbell outside Suite 504 at Health Touch. 

I look forward to seeing you


Location in Chapel Hill 

From I-40 take exit 270 

(Rt. 15-501 South to Chapel Hill) 

Proceed South to Chapel Hill for 1.3 miles (through 6 stoplights).

At the 6th stoplight, Erwin Road, turn right. Immediately turn left on to Dobbins Road (in front of Residence Inn).

Proceed .5 miles and turn right into the 3rd and last entrance to Franklin Square. Park at the end of the parking lot and my office is in the last unit of the last building.  You will see rocking chairs on the porch. 


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