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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 incorporating elements from different treatment approaches.

How does EMDR work?

EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy method that uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to activate opposite sides of the brain repeatedly. 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 to resume standard information processing. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result of relational traumas or childhood abuse and neglect. For a more detailed explanation, please visit the 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:

  • Dissociative Orders
  • Grief and loss
  • Chronic illness and medical trauma
  • Disturbing Memories
  • Sexual and Physical Abuse
  • PTSD

None of the above symptoms or experiences fit you.

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

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