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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

What is EMDR?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy tool that has helped many individuals as a part of their journey to heal from trauma and distressing life experiences. Developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s, EMDR is an empirically supported method for aiding clients in their work to resolve emotional wounds.

How does EMDR work?

At its core, EMDR works by activating the brain's natural healing processes. During an EMDR session, your therapist will guide you through recalling distressing memories or experiences while simultaneously engaging in bilateral stimulation, which activates both sides of the brain and simulates the natural REM sleep state while the client is still awake. This process can help unlock and process stuck memories, allowing your brain to reprocess them in a more adaptive way. In doing so, the client is empowered to create meaning that is healing to them regarding the negative experience. EMDR is a holistic approach that incorporates the physical and visceral aspects of healing from an adverse experience as well as the cognitive.

What can EMDR help with?

EMDR therapy has been extensively researched and proven effective in treating a wide range of issues, including:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Depression

  • Phobias

  • Grief and loss

  • Childhood trauma

  • Relationship issues

  • Performance Issues

Is EMDR right for me?

EMDR can be beneficial for anyone struggling with distressing memories or unresolved trauma. Whether you're dealing with a specific event or a lifetime of adverse experiences, EMDR is a tool that can be effective for individuals who find themselves “stuck” due to past experiences.

Interested in learning more or have questions about EMDR?

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