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    EMDR Therapy

    What EMDR Therapy Can Help With

    EMDR therapy, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a type of therapy designed to help you with trauma or distressing events. It involves a structured approach where our therapist guides you through recalling the traumatic memory while simultaneously directing your attention to other stimuli, such as moving their finger or a light. This process is believed to help the brain process the traumatic memories more effectively, reducing their emotional impact.

    During EMDR sessions, you’ll be asked to focus on different aspects of the traumatic memory while following the therapist’s finger movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation. The idea is that this bilateral stimulation helps your brain process the memory in a way that reduces its emotional intensity and helps you to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms.

    Over time, EMDR can lead to significant reductions in the distress associated with traumatic memories, allowing you to move forward with your life in a healthier way. It’s important to note that EMDR is typically used as part of a broader therapy plan and may not be suitable for everyone.

    Here are some common problems and challenges that EMDR therapy has been found to be helpful for:

    1. Trauma and PTSD: This is the most well-known use of EMDR. It can help individuals process traumatic events, whether they’re related to combat, accidents, natural disasters, or other experiences that have left a lasting emotional impact.
    2. Anxiety: EMDR has shown efficacy in treating different types of anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), panic disorder, and specific phobias. It helps individuals reprocess the underlying causes of their anxiety, reducing the intensity of their symptoms.
    3. Depression: While not primarily designed for depression, EMDR can be effective, especially when depression is related to past traumatic experiences. By addressing and processing these traumas, individuals may experience a reduction in depressive symptoms.
    4. Phobias: EMDR can be beneficial in treating specific phobias, such as fear of flying, heights, spiders, or public speaking. By reprocessing the memories or experiences associated with the phobia, individuals can experience reduced fear and anxiety in triggering situations.
    5. Performance Enhancement: EMDR has been utilized to improve performance in various areas such as sports, academics, and public speaking. By addressing performance-related anxieties or past negative experiences, individuals can enhance their confidence and skills.
    6. Grief and Loss: EMDR can assist individuals in processing grief and loss, whether it’s related to the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, or another significant loss. It can help individuals work through complicated emotions and find a sense of resolution.
    7. Self-Esteem and Self-Image: EMDR can address negative beliefs about oneself that stem from past experiences, such as childhood trauma, bullying, or abusive relationships. By reprocessing these memories and reframing negative beliefs, individuals can develop a more positive self-image and improved self-esteem.

    EMDR is an evidence-based therapy, here are a few studies:

    1. EMDR therapy for PTSD:
    2. EMDR therapy for anxiety:
    3. EMDR therapy for depression:
    4. EMDR therapy for phobias:


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    When you have a 15 minute consult, you can ask questions and see if we are a good fit for you. Therapy is consistent and weekly. We work in a practical, results-oriented manner. We are not here to keep you in therapy forever – our focus is profound while remaining goal-oriented.

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