What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an approach that is effective for the treatment of trauma. It addresses physical sensations, images, emotions, and negative thinking that is connected to the memory of a traumatic event. You can learn more about EMDR from this short video.

How does it work?

This type of therapy uses eye movements to activate opposite sides of the brain. These eye movements mimic the period of sleep known as rapid eye movement or REM sleep. Most importantly, this phase of sleep is considered to be the time when your mind processes the recent events in your life. If you are wondering, this is not hypnosis or hypnotherapy. EMDR helps the brain reprocess trauma memories that are causing you to have a negative belief about yourself, and help you cope with present day reminders of the the traumatic event.

For more information please visit EMDR Institute, Inc. You can also find more information on Adverse Childhood Experiences on the CDC’s website

What does EMDR help?

Originally, it was known to be helpful for PTSD, although it’s now been proven useful for treating the following conditions:

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

None of the above symptoms or experiences true for you?

Have your experienced something frightening? Do you experience distressing emotions that appear to be excessive, given the current situation? Do you tend to be highly reactive to certain triggers-people, places, or things? Is there one or more dysfunctional belief that you believe about yourself that on an intellectual level you know is not true?

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.

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