What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful therapy technique for clients who have experienced trauma, want to overcome a problem affecting their ability to function, or desire to understand why certain events or interactions trigger them intensely and negatively. It is based on the assumption that experiences from the past continue to affect people in the present and is helpful for people experiencing a variety of emotional distress, such as anxiety, fear, disturbing memories, and unrelenting guilt or grief. It can be an important adjunct to family therapy because interaction with family members often opens old wounds.  EMDR helps desensitize us to painful memories and past events so that we can more fully enjoy the present.

EMDR works by “rewiring” the brain’s memory networks. The theory underlying EMDR is that bilateral stimulation of the brain, while interweaving new cognitive and emotional information, helps the brain process painful memories more fully and accurately, thereby reducing distress. By addressing the mind, body and emotions simultaneously, EMDR processes disturbing information held in the nervous system, thereby decreasing negative emotions, low self-esteem, and even painful physical sensations.

EMDR is a brief therapy and has been empirically validated to reduce post-traumatic symptoms, enhance relationships, and increase your potential. Clients leave treatment feeling more at peace, more positive about themselves, and better equipped to negotiate relationships.

For more answers to frequently asked questions about EMDR, click here.

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