EMDR – eye movement desensitization and reprocessing – is a form of therapy that helps clients heal from trauma.
EMDR therapy was developed by Francine Shapiro and is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories. Part of the therapy includes bilateral stimulation (meaning stimulating both sides) in the form of alternating eye movements, pulses, taps or sounds.
While stress responses are a part of our natural fight, flight, freeze response, some traumatic experiences become stuck and may not be processed without help. EMDR therapy helps the brain resume its natural, adaptive healing process. The experience is still remembered, but a client’s relationship to the experience changes, and the fight, flight, freeze response is resolved.
EMDR can be used as part of an overall treatment strategy during our work together or can be an adjunct to work you are already doing with another psychotherapist. In the latter scenario, we would engage in a shorter-term treatment, determining the number of sessions based on the presenting issue(s).
To read more about how EMDR works, please visit the EMDR International Association website.
EMDR can be used to address:
Anxiety, panic attacks and phobias
Chronic Illness and medical issues
Grief and loss
PTSD, complex PTSD and other stress-related issues