Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
Enhancing The Way We Do Psychotherapy
Do you experience the following concerns:
Self-blame, low self-esteem, shame and/or guilt
Chronic or excessive anger
Indecisiveness, confusion, difficulty thinking
Worry, anxiety, obsessive thinking, phobia, shyness, social anxiety
Unpleasant feelings, emptiness, mood swings
Negativity, pessimism, irritability
Trauma, sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, PTSD
Cravings related to addiction (i.e. smoking, alcohol dependence, and other substances)
Anxiety, panic attacks, depression
If so, EMDR is a powerful short-term therapeutic intervention designed to address the above concerns. If you had talk therapy in the past, and found yourself still "stuck", EMDR may prove beneficial. This form of integrative psychotherapy allows you to stay in control while your brain does the healing.
EMDR is an eight-phase treatment approach (not 8 sessions) that focuses on the past and present experiences, with an emphasis on developing new skills and behaviors for the future. Those with single adult onset trauma can be treated in less than 5 hours; whereas, those with more complex trauma (more than one), may require longer treatment.
Eight phases of EMDR
Phase 1: Client History and Treatment Planning
Phase 2: Preparation and coping strategies
Phase 3: Assessment
Phase 4: Desensitization/Reprocessing
Phase 5: Installation
Phase 6: Body Scan
Phase 7: Closure
Phase 8: Reevaluation
Research shows that EMDR is rapid, safe, and effective. It is a simple, non-invasive patient-therapist collaboration in which healing can begin effectively. Remember, you are in control!
EMDR is safe with children, adolescents, adults, and couples.
For printable EMDR material click here
For more information please visit The EMDR International Association: https://www.emdria.org
Watch this helpful video from 20/20 about EMDR: https://youtu.be/hYy2NBXkPSo
Watch this video from Tedx Talks about the efficacy of EMDR: https://youtu.be/lOkSm90f2Do