Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

EMDR Therapy is a systematic approach involving bilateral sensory stimulation, such as eye-movements, tapping or sounds for the purpose of facilitating healing from traumatic and disturbing life circumstances. The client focuses on disturbing thoughts, feelings, body sensations, or memories while the therapist provides bilateral sensory stimulation. This facilitates the processing abilities of the brain and the nervous system to create a new and healthier adaptation to past traumas.

Traumatic events, disturbing adverse life experiences, and the associated beliefs are encoded in memory. When these disturbances are encoded in the brain, people often experience emotional, cognitive, and sensory impairment. New information and the impact of positive experiences are not able to impact the disturbing memory, and it feels as though the trauma is occurring again. EMDR reprocesses the memory so there is resolution of the past trauma and current healing experiences are integrated.

EMDR Therapy is appropriate if you experience difficulties as a result of:

  • Violence
  • Sexual abuse
  • Accidents
  • Torture
  • Neglect
  • War Trauma
  • Natural Disaster

This innovative and powerful psychotherapy model was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987 primarily to address the impact of trauma, particularly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is also now being used effectively for many other problems such as performance anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and grief. Rigorously controlled studies of EMDR Therapy have been published that substantiate its effectiveness. It is quick, safe and effective.

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