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EMDR Therapy

Eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is form of psychotherapy designed to diminish negative feelings associated with memories of traumatic events. The standard EMDR protocol is an eight-phase treatment to address therapeutic goals by targeting past trauma, current triggers, and future resources. EMDR therapy combines imagery, mindfulness, and cognitive techniques in a treatment plan developed to meet the specific needs of the client. EMDR was originally used to treat the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); however, the use EMDR has been effectively used to treat other mental illnesses such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Addictions
  • Complicated grief
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sexual abuse or physical abuse
  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Personality disorders

How does EMDR Therapy work?

EMDR therapy typically involves focus on a traumatic or disturbing memory while doing bilateral stimulation (BLS) to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain. BLS methods can include the use of eye movements, listening to alternating tones, and/or holding tappers that create alternating vibrations in hands. EMDR can help the brain reprocess trapped memories, resolve emotional trauma, and gain insight into the circumstance in a way that normal information processing can continue.

EMDR can give you the strength needed to cope with your situation in a healthy way. If you think you may benefit from EMDR techniques then, let’s work together to get you back to the life you want.