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"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within." -Maya Angelou-

What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a powerful, proven way to heal past trauma and other issues, such as panic attacks. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from different treatment approaches.

How does EMDR work?

EMDR therapy focuses on helping clients heal by transforming the meaning of the painful events on an emotional level. EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy method that uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to process disturbing experiences and memories. The bilateral stimimlation can be done in a number of ways such as eye movements, gentle tappers, or lights. EMDR focuses on the brain's ability to constantly learn, taking past experiences and updating them with present, more adaptive information. Therapists start off by teaching "resourcing" skills to build up clients' coping tools and resiliency. 

EMDR processing helps clients break though the emotional blocks that are keeping them from living adaptive, open, emotionally healthy lives. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result of relational or other traumas, or childhood abuse and/or neglect. 

What does EMDR help?

EMDR had been originally established as helpful for PTSD, although it’s been proven useful for treatment in the following issues:

  • Trauma
  • Panic Attacks
  • Grief
  • Disturbing Memories
  • Phobias
  • Chronic Pain
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Stress Reduction
  • Sexual and/or Physical Abuse

None of the above symptoms or experiences fit you?

Do you experience distressing emotions that appear to you to be excessive given the current situation? Do you tend to be highly reactive to certain triggers? Is there one or more limiting belief that you believe about yourself that on an intellectual level you know is not true?

If so, you may still be a good candidate for EMDR therapy. Contact me today for a consultation to see if EMDR might help you release what no longer serves you. 

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