Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
What is EMDR?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement and Desensitization and reprocessing and has shown to be an evidence based treatment for simple trauma, complex trauma, specific phobias and a wide range of other mental health problems.
Who Created EMDR?
EMDR was developed by Francine Shapiro in the 1980s as a treatment for PTSD.
How does EMDR work?
EMDR works through “bilateral stimulation” (think of it like toggling between the right brain and left brain.) When the individual recounts the traumatic memories in a controlled manner with bilateral stimulation, studies show that traumatic distress and associated triggers are significantly decreased.
Does EMDR replace regular therapy?
It depends. For some individuals, with one specific traumatic event, 6-12 sessions of EMDR can be sufficient in reducing traumatic distress. For other individuals with more complex trauma, EMDR can be utilized as a supplement to more traditional long form talk therapy.
How Do I Know if EMDR is right for me?
Feel free to reach out for a free 15 minute consult with one of our EMDR therapists to learn more or answer any specific questions.