Your past traumas do not define you, and you don’t need to live with the resulting distress anymore.
EMDR therapy is a proven approach to resolve trauma and achieve lasting healing.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy or EMDR, is an innovative and evidence-based therapy technique that has revolutionized trauma treatment.
It was developed to help individuals heal from the lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). By guiding you through a structured process, EMDR empowers you to reprocess traumatic memories and transform their impact.
We often think of trauma as a big and specific event like an attack or near-death experience, but in the past two decades, we’ve learned that trauma effects come from all different kinds of life events.
Any time we experience too much for too long or too much when we’re too young to process it, our brain struggles to organize the information, and it can lead to triggers and a variety of mild to severe mental and physical health concerns.
If you feel that your reactions don’t make sense, it’s worth getting help.
EMDR is based on the idea that our brains have a natural ability to heal and process difficult experiences. When we experience trauma, those memories can get stuck, causing distress and interfering with our daily lives.
But with EMDR, we can tap into our brain’s innate healing mechanism to release those trapped memories and emotions.
During an EMDR session, our skilled therapists create a safe and supportive environment where you can comfortably explore your traumatic experiences.
Using bilateral stimulation techniques, such as eye movements, taps, or sounds, the EMDR therapist guides your attention back and forth. This process activates your brain’s natural healing mechanisms, facilitating the reprocessing of distressing memories.
Through this unique approach, EMDR helps desensitize the emotional intensity attached to trauma memories. It allows your mind to integrate the fragmented pieces of the experience, shifting their impact from distressing and overwhelming to manageable and adaptive.
This powerful therapy has been proven to bring lasting relief from conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression.
EMDR treatment offers a range of benefits that make it a powerful tool in trauma resolution:
EMDR is particularly known for its effectiveness in processing and resolving traumatic experiences. It helps individuals reprocess traumatic memories and reduce associated distress, allowing them to heal from the impact of past traumatic events.
EMDR therapy often produces faster results compared to traditional talk therapy. The structured approach of EMDR, coupled with the use of bilateral stimulation techniques, accelerates the processing of distressing memories and promotes adaptive changes.
EMDR aims to address the root causes of psychological distress rather than just symptom management. By targeting the underlying traumatic experiences and reprocessing them, EMDR can lead to long-lasting positive changes and significant reduction in symptoms.
Your therapist will gather information about your background and together you’ll establish goals for your therapy.
Your therapist will educate you about EMDR therapy and you’ll learn coping techniques to manage any distress that may arise during the sessions.
You’ll talk with your therapist to identify specific experiences to be targeted for treatment.
This is the core of EMDR therapy, where you’ll be guided to process the target experience through rapid eye movements or other bilateral stimulation techniques.
This phase focuses on strengthening positive beliefs and emotions related to the target experience.
You’ll scan your body while bringing the targeted experience to mind to notice any residual tension in the body.
Each therapy session ends with closure to ensure you’re feeling better after the treatment and any remaining distress is addressed.
In each new EMDR therapy session, your therapist will reevaluate the treatment plan to determine the success of your EMDR treatment over time.
Bilateral stimulation activates both sides of the brain which helps to facilitate the processing of distressing memories and promote healing.
If you’ve experienced a traumatic event and find yourself dealing with intrusive memories, nightmares, heightened anxiety, or avoidance behavior, we recommend you consult a licensed mental health professional for a thorough assessment. Click here to reach out for a free consultation with one of our therapists. If you are experiencing a crisis, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
EMDR has shown to be effective in alleviating symptoms such as disturbing memories, flashbacks, excessive fear, anxiety, and negative beliefs.
EMDR can effectively address a range of triggers and experiences, including single traumatic incidents, childhood traumas, phobias, and distressing life events. It helps reprocess these experiences, reducing their emotional impact and associated symptoms.
Join countless individuals who have experienced the power of EMDR therapy in transforming their lives. Our dedicated team of experienced therapists is ready to guide you with compassionate support every step of the way.