Roberta, I wanted to add my voice to those reaching out to you. There is so much you can do for yourself, as you continue to look for the right professional help for you. As EMDR proves itself to be an effective treatment, it will become more available, and more counselors will train in it. I want to underscore the advice given to you already in replies above, and add one more. Emotional Freedom Technique ( EFT ), EMDR, and Art Therapy all have bilateral components, meaning the eye movements, and tapping on both sides of the body activate both sides of the brain. Art Therapy activates right brain (simplified, also where the trauma "lives") through the process of image making (doesn't matter what it looks like, it's the process of creating), then activates the left brain as you process what you made and what you were experiencing through words, written and spoken. My understanding is that any bilateral work that activates both sides, forces the two sides, with very different preferences, to communicate with each other, and that allows more of the brain to work on solving the conflicts. For EFT you can look it up on YouTube to see it practiced, and try it yourself. There is also a book on EFT for PTSD that I have just purchased, to add to my own clinical practice. Keep asking counselors about EMDR, as the more they hear requests for it, the more likely they will be to do the training. (Leave your number with them, and ask them to call you if they ever decide to add it to their treatment offerings.) As for Art Therapy in the treatment of trauma, I continue to be excited about the power of it to heal. I became an Art Therapist because in my 20s I had a traumatic 2 years that escalated into PTSD, and healed myself through my art. It took about a year, was very intense, and I devoured every bit of info I could get my hands on. That was in the 1980s, a time when information was not so available. You can find out more about Art Therapy from the American Art Therapy Association at Please continue to search for a counselor, but in the meantime, find ways to heal yourself and try everything that feels right. Allow you healing to unfold, and know that you are a survivor! You are powerful beyond measure, and you will find your way! You CAN heal. Also look into Post traumatic Growth from positive psychology. Many of us on this post will keep you in our thoughts and prayers!
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