WHAT IS EMDR?

EMDR is a structured therapy that encourages you to briefly focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements or tapping), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help you recover from trauma and PTSD symptoms. Ongoing research supports positive clinical outcomes showing EMDR therapy as a helpful treatment for disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic pain, addictions, and other distressing life experiences.
Information obtained from EMDRIA

BENEFITS OF EMDR:

  • The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.
  • EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or completing homework between sessions.
  • EMDR therapy, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process.
  • EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. For many clients, EMDR can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies.

Information obtained from EMDRIA

WHAT KINDS OF PROBLEMS CAN EMDR TREAT?

Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress.  However, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other trauma and stress-related issues
  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Complicated grief
  • Grief and Loss
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Disturbing memories
  • Phobias
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Pain disorders
  • Performance anxiety
  • Stress reduction
  • Addictions
  • Sexual and/or Physical abuse
  • Body dysmorphic disorders
  • Personality Disorders

Introduction to EMDR Therapy

Watch this video for more information on how EMDR works, what the experience is like and what other clients have to say about it.

How EMDR Works-An Animation

Watch this video for a short cartoon explaining how EMDR works.