What is EMDR Therapy?

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. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporate elements from different treatment approaches.

How does EMDR work?

Often, in times of trauma, memories of a traumatic event are stored intact without being fully processed by the brain. EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy that seems to allow 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 and/or neglect.

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

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

What does EMDR help?

EMDR had been originally established as helpful for PTSD, although it’s been proven useful for treatment in the following conditions:

  • Complex Trauma
  • Panic Attacks
  • Complicated Grief
  • Dissociative Orders
  • Disturbing Memories
  • Phobias
  • Pain Disorders
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Stress Reduction
  • Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
  • Dissociative Disorders

Is there one or more dysfunctional beliefs that you hold about yourself?

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? Is there one or more dysfunctional beliefs that you hold about yourself?

If so, you may still be a good candidate for EMDR therapy.

Contact me today for a free phone consultation to see if EMDR might help you release what no longer serves you.