Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

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What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from different treatment approaches.

How does EMDR work?

EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy method that uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain. Therapists often use eye movements to facilitate bilateral stimulation. These eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep, and this portion of sleep is frequently considered to be the time when the mind processes the recent events in the person’s life.

EMDR seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories, so that standard information processing is resumed. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs developed due to relational traumas or childhood abuse and/or neglect. For a more detailed explanation, visit EMDR Institute, Inc.

What does EMDR help?

EMDR had been established initially as helpful for PTSD, although it’s been proven beneficial for treatment in the following conditions:

  • Panic Attacks
  • Complicated Grief
  • Dissociative Orders
  • Disturbing Memories
  • Phobias
  • Pain Disorders
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Stress Reduction
  • Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Depression

What if none of the above symptoms or experiences fit you?

Do you experience distressing emotions that appear to you or others to be excessive, given the current situation? Do you tend to be highly reactive to specific triggers? Is there one or more dysfunctional beliefs you believe about yourself that, on an intellectual level, you know are not accurate?

If so, you may still be a good candidate for EMDR therapy. Contact us today for a free phone consultation to see if EMDR might help you release what no longer serves you.