What is EMDR?

What is EMDR the Process?

After experiencing a traumatic or disturbing event, it’s normal to become “triggered” by reminders of the incident. You may start to feel emotionally and physically as if you’re reliving that moment. Trauma physiologically changes the brain, which causes symptoms to diminish and even disappear, such as: lack of concentration, hypervigilence, emotional instability, intrusive thoughts, anxiety, and many more.

If you’ve ever tried to talk yourself out of feeling a certain way about a traumatic event, but still felt the same months or even years later, you know that simply rehashing what happened doesn’t help.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a proven treatment that now has more than 20 years of research, offers proven relief for trauma that processes the connections in neural pathways through an action called bilateral stimulation that talk therapy is unable to access . Using an integrated approach that takes into account images, thoughts, body sensations, and other sensory information, EMDR has helped millions of people move beyond trauma to lead healthier, happier lives. EMDR has been recognized as an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress by the American Psychiatric Association, World Health Organization, United States Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and more credible organizations, too many to list here.

EMDR effectively treats adults, adolescents and children with “single-incident” traumas, as well as earlier events to include:

  • Post-traumatic stress symptoms
  • Military/First Responder Trauma
  • Childhood Neglect/Abuse
  • Miscarriage/Pregnancy Loss
  • Traumatic Medical Experiences
  • Sexual Assault
  • Terrorism/Homicide/Robbery/Other Crimes
  • Vehicular or Other Accidents
  • Natural Disasters

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EMDR also treats:

  • Panic Attacks
  • Depression/Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Complicated Grief
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Addictions
  • Pain Relief
  • Avoidance

Below is a brain scan. The left image reveals a red area showing unhealthy over activity in the brain. The right  image was taken after only four sessions of EMDR Therapy. The red is almost totally gone and the brain is functioning normally and efficiently

EMDR physiologically transforms unprocessed traumatic experiences held captive in the brain. Unhealthy and self-destructive thoughts are transformed into healthy positive beliefs and behaviors. Hope is renewed. Resilience occurs. Lives are transformed and negative thought patterns are positively changed forever.