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EMDR Therapy

What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is an 8-phase, integrative trauma treatment that helps people heal from traumatic events, as well as life disturbing experiences.  EMDR therapy is evidenced based and is considered a recommended treatment of choice by several international mental health organizations for healng PTSD from traumatic events such as rape,  sexual abuse, auto accidents, and combat.

As research continues to grow in the efficacy of EMDR therapy, this psychotherapeutic modality has been shown to be helpful with clients experiencing addiction, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and much more.  EMDR therapy is designed to help a person identify events that feel stuck and cause distress in their current life. These events can become unprocessed memories that get stored in the brain with disturbing images, thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations.

How Does EMDR Therapy Work? 

EMDR Therapy focuses on the brain’s ability to constantly learn, taking past experiences and updating them with present information.  When a disturbing event or trauma occurs, it can get locked in the nervous system with the original picture, thoughts, feelings, and body sensations.  Since the experience is locked there, it continues to be triggered whenever a reminder comes up.  It can be the basis for a lot of discomfort and feelings of being out of control.  These uncomfortable feelings are connected with the old experience that are being triggered in the  present.

EMDR Therapy uses eye movements or other Dual Attention Stimulation (BLS/DLS) which seems to unlock the nervous system and allow the mind and body to process the experience and process the unconscious material.  It is important to remember that it is your own brain that will be doing the healing and that you are the one in control.

Adapted from EMDR Essentials:  A Guide for Clients and Therapists by Barb Maiberger, MA, LPC

What Can EMDR Therapy Treat?

EMDR Therapy has been successful in treatment many problems such as:

  • PTSD
  • Traumatic Events
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Physical and Emotional Abuse
  • Complicated Grief
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Nightmares and Flashbacks
  • Addictive Behaviors
  • and more

What is EMDR Intensive Therapy?

EMDR Intensive Therapy is a brief intensive treatment designed to expedite or “jump start” treatment outcomes by incorporating multiple EMDR Therapy sessions into a condensed period of time.  Click here to learn more about EMDR Intensive Therapy


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References:  The EMDR Institute, The Maliberger Institute, Good Therapy