EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
What is EMDR Therapy?
EMDR stands for "Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing."
EMDR is an integrated, 8-phase therapeutic approach that consider's
a person's somatic (physical) and emotional states, with a focus on
how the brain perceives events.
EMDR was founded in 1987 by Francine Shapiro and is currently one
of the most researched methods of contemporary psychotherapy.
EMDR has been empirically proven to be particularly effective in
treating PTSD and other types of traumas.
EMDR is successful in treating:
Panic Attacks Chronic Pain
Depression Performance Anxiety
Phobias Phantom Limb Pain
Physical Abuse Emotional Abuse
What to Expect
During the EMDR process, different emotions and sensations
may arise as your brain works to make sense of things.
You will be asked to notice your experience and give honest
feedback. Whatever you are feeling in the moment is okay
and the role as the therapist is to gently guide the process by
observing and being curious.
Key Features of EMDR
Present-focused therapy, with a particular interest in the ways past memories activate emotions in the present moment.
The therapist guides the client in accessing memories in order to move them from a place of emotional activation to a more logical, rational place so that triggers of the past no longer have the same charge.
Includes a technique called "bilateral stimulation," where a therapist will guide a client through eye movements, tones or tapping.
Length of Treatment
It is our goal to move clients through treatment swiftly, while at the same time, respecting the desired pace of the patient and the EMDR process.
In our experience, the typical range for the length of treatment is four to twelve weekly sessions, however, no two people are alike and the exact number of sessions will vary. Certain issues like a single traumatic event (ex., car accident) may take a shorter number of sessions than a more complex trauma history.