Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a comprehensive psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and other problems. EMDR therapy uses structured protocols that incorporate elements from different treatment approaches, and often leads to rapid change.

How does EMDR therapy work?

Often, in times of trauma, memories of a traumatic event are stored intact without fully being processed by the brain. EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy that allows the brain to access and reprocess the trapped memories in such a way that normal information processing is resumed. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs, feelings and sensations that developed as the result of recent traumas, relational traumas, or childhood abuse or neglect.

EMDR therapy uses a technique called bilateral stimulation (or dual attention stimuli) to repeatedly activate the brain while the patient thinks and communicates about the trauma in a particular way. This seems to allow the patient to process and integrate the traumatic memories more adaptively.

For a more detailed explanation please visit the EMDR Institute, Inc.

What does EMDR therapy help?

While EMDR had been originally established as helpful for PTSD, it has been proven useful for treatment of other conditions, such as the following:

  • Complex trauma
  • Panic attacks
  • Complicated grief
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Disturbing memories
  • Phobias
  • Pain disorders
  • Performance anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Childhood abuse or neglect

Do you experience distressing emotions that appear to you, and perhaps to others, to be excessive given the current situation? Do you tend to be highly reactive to certain triggers? Are there one or more dysfunctional beliefs that you hold about yourself? If so, you may also be a good candidate for EMDR therapy.

I can talk with you to see if EMDR might help you transform your experience.