EMDR therapy is a psychotherapy approach for the treatment of trauma.
What is EMDR Therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for treating trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from different treatment approaches.
How does EMDR work?
EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy method that uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to activate opposite sides of the brain repeatedly. Therapists often use eye movements to facilitate bilateral stimulation. These eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep, and this portion of sleep is frequently considered to be the time when the mind processes the recent events in the person’s life.
EMDR seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories so that normal information processing is resumed. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover, and process beliefs developed from relational traumas or childhood abuse and neglect. For a more detailed explanation, please visit the
EMDR Institute, Inc.
What does EMDR help?
EMDR had been established initially as helpful for PTSD, although it’s been proven beneficial for treatment in the following conditions:
Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
Body Dysmorphic Disorders
None of the above symptoms or experiences fit you.
Do you experience distressing emotions that appear to you and others to be excessive, given the current situation? Do you tend to be highly reactive to specific triggers? Are there one or more dysfunctional beliefs that you believe about yourself that, on an intellectual level, you know are not true?
If so, you may still be a good candidate for EMDR therapy. Contact me today to see if EMDR might help you release what no longer serves you.