What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is a well-researched and internationally used therapeutic approach for helping those who have experienced a wide variety of emotional traumas and distressing memories. The eight (8) phases of EMDR treat the traumatized person using the natural healing powers of the brain toward building more adaptive resolutions as part of the relief process. EMDR targets upsetting life experiences that have not been stored properly in memory areas of the brain and are triggered more easily by similar events or negative personal beliefs. Unprocessed or blocked traumatic memories need help from therapies such as EMDR to become processed or unblocked.
Is EMDR Right for You?
EMDR therapy can be conducted in conjunction with other forms of therapy, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). This treatment has been used to reduce or eliminate traumatic and distressing memories/experiences in clients of all ages.
EMDR’s goal is to greatly reduce or even eliminate recurring and overwhelming symptoms, including nightmares and flashbacks, commonly associated with abuse, neglect, illness, accidents, assault, grief, and other events perceived as traumatic. EMDR has been successfully used in treating a wide variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, panic, and depression symptoms as well as the emotional triggers associated with drug/alcohol cravings. This is especially true if traumatic or distressing memories are involved in perpetuating a disorder.