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EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is the gold-standard treatment for healing from emotional distress related to past trauma (or PTSD symptomology) or life-threatening experiences. When experiencing or witnessing trauma, your whole world can be shaken and things may never seem to go back to normal. You may become triggered easily by reminders of the event, have trouble sleeping, or are irritable and on edge a lot of the time. During the trauma, your brain became flooded and did not file the memories away properly, so distressing emotions, body sensations, memories, and dreams can pop up easily today.

You need more than temporary coping skills to fully recover from these experiences. EMDR heals the core of your pain. With your Psychologist's guidance, you will work through the distressing material by bringing it to mind while you hold on to alternating hand buzzers or watch the EMDR light bar. Your brain does all the work as both hemispheres work together to make sense of and properly file away the traumatic memory.

Once the trauma is healed, you will still be able to remember the incident, but you will not have such a strong, overpowering emotional or physical response anymore. You won't become easily triggered, your body won't react as intensely, and you will be able to live a normal life again.

* Research shows that EMDR is much more rapid and effective than talk therapy and results in a significant reduction of trauma-related symptoms (Shapiro, 2014).

What can EMDR therapy help with?

EMDR therapy can be helpful for anyone who has experienced or witnessed trauma (distressing, life-threatening event). EMDR is the top approach for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and can also help with symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

Examples of trauma:

  • motor vehicle accident
  • neglect & abuse (verbal, emotional, mental, physical, sexual)
  • natural disaster
  • tragic death or loss
  • major life changes & stressors (moving, divorce)
  • violence
  • acts of terrorism

     Hold yourself back, or heal yourself back together. You decide. 
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Shapiro, F. (2014). The role of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy in medicine: Addressing the psychological and physical symptoms stemming from adverse life experiences. The Permanente Journal, 18(1), 71–77.

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