Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy that enables people to manage the emotional distress resulting from disturbing life experiences.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma, much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  Due to the nature of the traumatic experience as painful and disturbing, the brain applies defense mechanism consciously and subconsciously to protect that experience from resurfacing again. It is very protective in nature; however, it blocks the therapeutic efforts to work through these events. Accessing these traumatic events when the individual is ready for such intense trauma work, help alleviate the mental anguish from these traumatic events and alleviate many psychiatrics symptoms resulted from such an experience.

EMDR therapy sessions are a great tool to use for trauma related work.

Unlike other treatments that focus on directly altering the emotions, thoughts and responses resulting from traumatic experiences, EMDR therapy focuses directly on the memory, and is intended to change the way that the memory is stored in the brain, thus reducing and eliminating the problematic symptoms.

EMDR utilizes a structured therapy that encourages the patient to briefly focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories.

EMDR therapy involves attention to three time periods:  the past, present, and future:

  • Past: acknowledge disturbing memories and related eventsd
  • Present: focus on current situations that cause distress
  • Future: develop skills and attitudes needed for positive actions

We are looking forward to working with you to help you manage past traumatic events and unwanted life events.

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