Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
What is EMDR?
EMDR is a therapy technique that helps people heal from traumatic or distressing life experiences. EMDR therapy is different than traditional talk therapy - in fact EMDR does not require much talking at all! Many clients are relieved to know that they will not be talking about the distressing issue in great detail.
When disturbing things happen to us, our brains get overwhelmed and cannot digest or store the memory correctly. The memory gets stuck. Even though you are no longer experiencing the trauma, your brain still thinks you are in danger, which leads to a variety of mental health symptoms.
EMDR therapy uses alternating eye movements, audio tones, or taps to help your brain digest the unprocessed traumatic memories. In simple terms, EMDR helps unfreeze the memory in your brain so it can digest it and put it in the proper place.
"Trauma creates change that you don't choose. Healing is about creating change that you do choose." - Michele Rosenthal
What does EMDR treat?
EMDR is a well researched and highly effective treatment for:
- PTSD and acute stress disorders caused by a wide range of traumatic life experiences
- Anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and phobias
- Traumatic or unresolved grief
- Chronic pain
- Performance anxiety
- Substance abuse and behavioral addictions
Where I can learn more?
Visit the EMDR International Association website for more detailed information and research about EMDR therapy. During your initial evaluation, we will have a chance to address all your questions, including whether EMDR is appropriate for you.