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What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization

and Reprocessing

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. EMDR therapy has been extensively researched and has demonstrated effectiveness for trauma.

How does EMDR work?

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Our brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories and events. This process involves communication between the amygdala (the alarm signal for stressful events), the hippocampus (which assists with learning, including memories about safety and danger), and the prefrontal cortex (which analyzes and controls behavior and emotion). While many times traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, we need help processing them. Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts. When we hold on to distress from a disturbing event the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories, and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.”

What challenges can be treated with EMDR?

Individuals of all ages can be helped through EMDR!

● Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias

● Chronic illness and medical issues

● Depression and bipolar disorders

● Dissociative disorders

● Eating disorders

● Grief and loss

● Pain

● Performance anxiety

● Personality disorders

● PTSD and other trauma related issues

● Sexual assault

● Sleep disturbance

● Substance abuse and addiction

● Violence and abuse

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