What is EMDR Therapy?

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a proven form of treatment for trauma. EMDR clinicians receive specialized training, which follows specific protocol to process difficult or traumatic memories.

    How does EMDR work?

    EMDR therapy uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain.  Bilateral stimulation can be in the form of sound, touch and eye movements.  These eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep. REM sleep is frequently considered to be the time our brains process recent events in daily life and is necessary for brain health.

    EMDR helps the brain reprocess memories in a way that reduces distress and the emotional impact of certain events. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result of trauma, such as life threatening events, relational traumas, or abuse, abandonment and neglect. For more about EMDR, how it works and personal stories, watch “EMDR Personal Stories” and  “Healing with EMDR” 

    What does EMDR help?

    EMDR is an established treatment method for PTSD and trauma. It is also is useful in the treatment the following conditions:

    • Panic Attacks
    • Complicated Grief
    • Disturbing Memories
    • Phobias
    • Performance Anxiety
    • Addictions
    • Stress Reduction
    • Relational Trauma
    • Emotion Regulation
    • Sexual, Physical Abuse
      & Emotional Abuse
    None of the above symptoms or experiences fit you?

    Do you experience distressing emotions or reactions that seem exaggerated in certain situations? Do you tend to be highly reactive to certain triggers?

    If so, you may be a good candidate for EMDR therapy as well. Contact me today for a free phone consultation.

    “The past affects the present even without our being aware of it.”
    – Francine Shapiro