Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR DEFINED:

  • Integrative psychotherapy approach  

  • Extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and many other mental health problems.

  • There are approximately 20 controlled studies that examine the effectiveness of EMDR, showing the consistent effectiveness whereby decreasing and, in some cases, eliminating symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD).

  • Clients self-report an improvement in symptoms, for example: triggering thoughts of memories, anxiety, and depression

  • EMDR will not “get rid of your thoughts” but rather assist in making or eliminating the symptoms that cause you distress.

  • Research has also shown that EMDR can be an efficient and rapid treatment.

What is the length of EMDR therapy?

  • Typically, clients have a minimum of one or two sessions with their clinician before beginning EMDR therapy, this assists in treatment planning and determining if EMDR is the appropriate treatment modality moving forward.

  • Your therapist will share information and research while responding to any questions you may have prior to your EMDR work.

  • Once intake, history and assessments are complete your therapist will review of your therapy goals to begin EMDR.

  • Each session can arrange between 60-90 minutes; you and your therapist will continually

  • Using a set of standardized protocols and the implementation of various modalities your therapist will work with you on EMDR to reduce psychological distress.

  • There are various factors that determine the length and number of sessions necessary these include: History, targets using a three-pronged approach examining, past, present, and future outcomes. The process is crucial to the success of symptom management, in order to manage/eliminate distress.

  • The goal of EMDR is to process from historical to present experiences through processing and Bilateral Stimulation (BLS) light or tapping modalities to incorporate overall mental health and well-being.

  • "Processing" means setting up a learning state that will allow experiences that are causing problems to be "examined" and stored appropriately in your brain. Explore the benefits that you experience and emotions within your brain and thinking process in order to create new neural pathways.

  • The outcome and intent is to provide understanding ad perspective that creates healthy behaviors and interactions.

  • Research indicates EMDR is effective in PTSD treatment

  • EMDR is also effective: Panic attacks, Complicated grief, Dissociative disorders, Disturbing memories, Phobias, Pain disorders, Performance anxiety, Stress reduction, Addiction, Sexual and/or Physical abuse, Body dysmorphic disorders, Personality Disorders.

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What EMDR Therapy can provide clients:

Trauma & the Brain

  • Our brains react to trauma in specific ways EMDR helps build new resources to support your brain using a toolbox of strategies.

Finding Calm

  • Builds capacity and awareness of our emotions, thoughts, and feelings

  • Supports the creation of a new toolbox of coping strategies

  • Enhances grounding skills and calm

  • Uses already developed resources to enhance our lives.

EMDR Therapy

  • Researched

  • Studied well

  • Creates new pathways for coping