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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Who can benefit from EMDR therapy?

If you continue to be stuck in negative memories or feelings from the past or continue to have negative unhealthy core beliefs about yourself or others that impact your relationships, your work, or other parts of your life, EMDR is a potential therapy for you. 

EMDR therapy can benefit all ages and can address a wide range of challenges:

  • Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias

  • Performance anxiety

  • PTSD and other trauma and stress-related issues

  • Pain

  • Chronic Illness and medical issues

  • Depression and bipolar disorders

  • Dissociative disorders

  • Eating disorders

  • Grief and loss

  • Personality disorders

  • Sexual assault

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Substance abuse and addiction

  • Violence and abuse


What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is believed to use the brain's natural healing process that occurs during REM sleep. It is an extensively researched, effective therapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences.

How does EMDR therapy affect the brain?

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).

Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts. When distress from a disturbing event remains, 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.”

Courtesy of EMDR International Association

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