What is EMDR?

EMDR is a specialized psychotherapy approach designed to help individuals process and overcome distressing memories. Developed by Francine Shapiro, EMDR has proven effective in treating trauma-related disorders and is recognized for its transformative impact on mental well-being.

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Principles of EMDR

EMDR therapy typically consists of eight phases, including history-taking, treatment planning, and reprocessing phases. Each phase is designed to systematically address and alleviate the impact of traumatic memories. A key component of EMDR involves bilateral stimulation, which can take the form of side-to-side eye movements, auditory tones, or tactile stimulation. This process is thought to facilitate the brain's natural healing abilities.

How EMDR Works

EMDR works by facilitating the reprocessing of traumatic memories. This means that through guided bilateral stimulation (such as eye movements), the therapy helps the brain make new associations with the traumatic memory, leading to decreased emotional charge and distress. Bilateral stimulation is believed to facilitate communication between different brain regions, helping the brain make these new associations and insights. EMDR not only addresses the traumatic memory but also targets negative beliefs associated with it. By promoting cognitive restructuring, individuals can experience a shift in how they perceive and react to past events.

Benefits of EMDR

Is EMDR Right for You?

If you're navigating the impact of trauma or seeking a targeted approach to address specific challenges, EMDR may be a suitable option. Contact me today to schedule a free 15-min phone consultation to discuss whether EMDR aligns with your therapeutic goals and learn more about how I can support you on your journey to healing and resilience.

EMDR has been found effective in treating a range of conditions, including:

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Anxiety Disorders
Panic Attacks
Traumatic Grief