Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)


Information Provided from EMDR International Association at www.emdria.org

What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR therapy includes a set of standardized protocols that incorporate elements from many different treatment approaches and is different from traditional talk therapy.

The theory behind EMDR is that “symptoms” are caused by unprocessed memories. When a disturbing event occurs, it can get trapped in the brain and body with the original images, thoughts, feelings, and sensations. EMDR stimulates this bodily information and allows the brain to reprocess the experience through rapid eye movements (or tones and tactile stimulation). During EMDR, your brain will be doing the healing and you will be the one in control. During and after EMDR reprocessing, individuals report feeling a new sense of empowerment, freedom, and ease.


What kinds of problems can EMDR treat?

Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress. However, clinicians have also reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:

  • Panic Attacks

  • Complicated Grief

  • Dissociative Disorders

  • Disturbing Memories

  • Addictions

  • Physical/Sexual Abuse

  • Phobias

  • Pain Disorders

  • Performance Anxiety

  • Stress Reduction

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders

  • Personality Disorders

Interested in learning how EMDR can help you?

The best way to know if EMDR is the right therapy for you is by meeting with a licensed therapist who is trained in EMDR therapy. A licensed mental health professional will be able to provide you education along with an individualized assessment and treatment plan to help you meet your goals as quickly as possible. We are here to ally with you in creating meaningful change in your life.