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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).

** Please note that EMDR Therapy is not hypnotherapy and is not related in any way to hypnotherapy

What can EMDR therapy help with?

EMDR therapy can be helpful for children, teens or adults who have experienced or witnessed trauma (distressing, life-threatening event). EMDR is the top approach for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and can also help reduce symptoms of anxiety, phobias, depression, grief and loss, addiction, and emotional dysregulation/anger.

Examples of trauma:

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

Why do our clients love EMDR therapy?

Our clients have had amazing success with healing from their pain using EMDR therapy. Here are some of the reasons why people say EMDR therapy is life-changing.

  • Long-lasting healing
  • Noticeable, effective results early on
  • You do not have to talk about the the traumatic events while processing them using the light bar or hand buzzers
  • Results in a much more positive way of viewing your life
  • Can decrease distress, overwhelm, anxiety, and even uncomfortable bodily sensations, tension or pain
  • Can result in feelings of relief, freedom, courage, gratitude, and lightness
  • Helps people become unstuck

How quickly does EMDR work?

EMDR therapy accelerates healing as it allows for the processing of traumatic events in a safe and effective manner. When working with a skilled EMDR Therapist, you learn to adopt more balanced perspectives of the past and future, as well as more positive ways of viewing yourself. 

Many people who undergo EMDR therapy report a reduction in distress in as little as one session of processing, however, it can take a few sessions to work through various traumatic events or attachment trauma. The goal is for your level of overwhelm and emotional pain to subside more and more each session. Each person's story and healing journey is unique.

There are 8 stages of EMDR therapy and it is important to commit to all 8 steps to heal the root of your distress.

Therapists who specialize in EMDR therapy:

In order to provide EMDR therapy, Therapists must undergo extensive training and supervision. The following Therapists are competent in EMDR therapy.

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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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