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    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 and distressing events. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from different treatment approaches.

    How does EMDR work?

    EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy and uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain. Therapists often use (but are not limited to) eye movements to facilitate the bilateral stimulation. These eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep, and this portion of sleep is frequently considered to be the time when the mind processes the recent events in the person’s life.

    EMDR helps process the trapped memories in the brain so that normal functioning can resumed. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result of traumas, distress, or childhood abuse and/or neglect.

    What does EMDR help?

    EMDR therapy helps children and adults of all ages. Therapists use EMDR therapy to address a wide range of challenges:

    • Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
    • Chronic Illness and medical issues
    • Depression and bipolar disorders
    • Dissociative disorders
    • Eating disorders
    • Grief and loss
    • Pain
    • Performance anxiety
    • Personality disorders
    • PTSD and other trauma and stress-related issues
    • Sexual assault
    • Sleep disturbance
    • Addictions
    • Violence and abuse