Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that utilizes bilateral stimulation of the brain, enabling individuals to heal from past traumatic events.
EMDR works to reprocess distressing, disturbing and traumatic events, regulate the emotions associated with them, and allow for increased healthy daily coping. Most of the time your body routinely manages new information and experiences without you even being aware. There are times an event occurs and your mind, body and emotions are overwhelmed by the event (car accident) or if you are repeatedly subjected to distress (childhood neglect) your natural responses or navigation system become overloaded. These experiences can become frozen in your brain or are “unprocessed” leaving you with emotional distress. These memories and emotions are stored in the brain and can be activated when similar emotions come up in the present. Therefore the present can be difficult and your ability to learn from new experiences can become inhibited. EMDR therapy focuses on three time periods: past, present and future allowing your brain to process traumatic memories in a very natural safe way.
EMDR is useful for treating...
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sexual Trauma
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Domestic Violence
- Emotional Abuse
- Childhood Abuse
- Substance Use
- Panic Attacks
- Performance Anxiety
- Chronic Illness
- Grief and Loss
- Feelings of worthlessness/low self-esteem
Let’s clear up some myths about EMDR…
- EMDR is not only for people with PTSD
- EMDR does not need to be the ONLY therapy you do
- EMDR is a “new” therapy
- EMDR is not hypnosis
- EMDR is not just for severe trauma
Our clinicians are here to help and honor your unique journey in healing.
“Trauma creates change you don’t choose. Healing is about creating change you do choose” – Michelle Rosenthal
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