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How does EMDR therapy work?

Updated: Apr 20

Debilitating fear and deep sadness are a real thing. These emotions can really weigh you down. Even your body can send signals to you that something is wrong. Maybe you feel uneasy in your stomach, tightness in your chest or tension in your neck. EMDR therapy works to identify the past hurts and scary situations that are still affecting your mind and body today. This is done at your own pace and comfort level.


EMDR treats: Phobias, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Attachment Disorder, Conduct Problems and Self-Esteem.

This therapy helps stuck memories in your brain become unstuck. Becoming unstuck helps you enjoy life in the present. When therapy is complete, clients often say, “That happened, it wasn’t pleasant, but it’s over now.” The desensitization process doesn’t erase memories, it just takes away the pain associated with the memory.

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing and it is the number one evidenced based therapy for adverse life experiences and trauma. This therapy is used throughout the world. As mentioned above, the “R” in EMDR stands for Reprocessing. The brain can process information quicker through Reprocessing than talking. If you have tried other talk therapy approaches and still have current struggles, EMDR might be a recommended option. Or, if you are newer to therapy, and struggle with some of the above issues, EMDR is an option for your therapy as well. When beginning therapy, you will briefly discuss with your therapist key life experiences and develop calming skills to help you stay grounded. After that, you move onto reprocessing significant memories. As you progress, you start to feel better and find clarity along the way. The goal is to experience calmness, think clearer and for your body to relax. Then you complete therapy. You can be free of what has been weighing you down.



If you want to find out more, feel free to contact me with general questions. Simply fill out the form on my Contact page or give me a call.


Also, you can visit www.emdr.com for a more detailed explanation.

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