EMDR Therapy

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” C.G. Jung

What is EMDR Therapy?

Courtesy of EMDR International Association

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful psychotherapy technique that has been extensively researched and proven effective, particularly in treating trauma. EMDR combines standardized protocols with elements from various therapeutic approaches.

How does EMDR work?

EMDR therapy uses a technique known as bilateral stimulation, which activates opposite sides of the brain to help process and reintegrate traumatic memories. During EMDR sessions, therapists often use eye movements to facilitate this process, similar to those experienced during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep — a stage of sleep important for processing daily emotional experiences.

This method enables the brain to reprocess trapped memories, allowing normal information processing to resume. EMDR is particularly effective in addressing beliefs and emotions stemming from relational traumas or adverse childhood experiences. For a more detailed explanation, visit the  EMDR Institute, Inc.

Conditions Treated by EMDR

Originally developed for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), EMDR has also proven effective in treating a variety of conditions including:

  • Panic Attacks
  • Complicated Grief
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Disturbing Memories
  • Phobias
  • Pain Disorders
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Stress Reduction
  • Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders
  • Personality Disorders

Is EMDR right for you?

Do you find yourself overwhelmed by distressing emotions that seem excessive for the situation? Are you easily triggered by specific events? Do you hold dysfunctional beliefs about yourself that you intellectually recognize as false? If you answered yes to any of these questions, EMDR therapy could be an effective treatment for you.

Reach out today to schedule an appointment and explore how EMDR therapy can help you release what no longer serves you.