Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach.

EMDR psychotherapy is an information processing therapy and uses an eight phase approach to address the symptoms of a wide range of psychological pathologies. It helps clients see how their past experiences have set the groundwork for the pathology they are experiencing currently. It also focuses on current situations that trigger these emotions, negative beliefs and senstions, and lastlym it focuses on what is needed to enhance future goals and functional mental health.

During treatment various procedures and protocols are used to help clients address the entire picture of their symptoms. The main marker of EMDR is a practice called bilateral stimulation which is by either using eye movements, tapping or tones. When clients are reprocessing past memories or present triggers, clients focus on these troubling experiences while at the same time doing the bilateral stimulation. Clients in general report new insights, and changes in the way they experience traumatic or painful events.

What does EMDR treat?

EMDR has been proven effective to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and trauma disorders. But clinicians have found it effective to treat a wide range of psychological issues including:

  • Personality Disorders
  • Panic Attacks
  • Complicated Grief
  • Phobias
  • Pain Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Stress Reduction
  • Addictions
  • Sexual and Physical Abuse

What’s the next step?

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