Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR addresses difficult memories and circumstances, past, present, and even future. In doing so, one can gain insights and find relief from a variety of symptoms. EMDR helps the brain in its natural healing process, releasing the “fight, flight or freeze” response to the traumatic or difficult event.

How Does EMDR Work?

EMDR uses bilateral stimulation which can be in the form of eye movements, tapping, pulsars, or sounds that activate and integrate information from the thinking and emotional sides of the brain. Bilateral stimulation can also aid in strengthening imagery and retaining positive information. During a typical session, the therapist will ask the client to bring up a memory or a future scenario, and will then begin some form of bilateral stimulation. The client will process through the situation to its completion, typically when the disturbing feelings have diminished entirely or almost entirely. The therapist will then guide the client in developing a more useful adaptation or response to the situation in the form of a helpful belief or imagery such as “I am worthy,” “It’s not my fault,” or “I am safe.”

Who Does EMDR Address?

  • Self-esteem Issues
  • Chronic Illnesses
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobias
  • PTSD/ Trauma
  • Substance Misuse/ Abuse

For further information, visit EMDRIA or EMDR Institute.