EMDR is recommended by the World Health Organization for the treatment of PTSD and trauma in children, adolescents, and adults. EMDR is backed by over 30 years of research to be safe, effective, and provide benefits in healing emotional and mental health wellness. EMDR is designed to provide maximum healing in the fewest sessions possible. Read below to explore how EMDR works.
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What does EMDR mean?
EMDR is an acronym that stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a form of psychotherapy that helps people heal from trauma and other difficult, distressing life experiences. The experiences of chronic stress, anxiety, and acute trauma shift how the brain processes events in real time and how memories are stored. The brain’s natural process of recovery from distress can become interrupted or blocked. This interruption can lead to ongoing distress, anxiety, feeling stuck in the past, or feeling unable to move forward with life.
What is EMDR?
EMDR therapy is designed to reactivate the brain’s natural healing process to recover from distress. Two-sided stimulation, or bilateral stimulation, is provided through alternating eye movements, touch, or sounds. Bilateral stimulation is believed to engage the brain’s natural ability to heal. The process of EMDR is an 8-phase, 3-prong approach that addresses the past, present, and future. While there is talking in the beginning phases, there is limited verbal interaction in the active processing phase. This makes EMDR different from more traditional forms of talk therapy, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). EMDR is very experiential. Clients frequently experience body sensations and strong emotions during processing that can be foundational to ease current and future distress. The experience of reprocessing provides an opportunity for the brain’s natural healing process to fire up and to shift how the past is experienced in the body as sensation, thought about in the mind, and emotionally felt in the whole of the person.
Your first step is to call for a consultation to discuss psychotherapy services. Your first scheduled session is an assessment session that reviews your biopsychosocial history. This means that you are asked to share a broad overview of what is troubling you currently, and your past medical, social, and emotional experiences. An assessment explores your mental and emotional health and provides a diagnosis. With this information, an individual treatment plan is created that prioritizes your concerns.
EMDR Experienced Therapist
I am AnnMarie Nelson, LMFT. I am an EMDRIA EMDR Certified Therapist, which means that I have extensive education and experience providing EMDR to clients. In fact, I specialize in EMDR treatment and the vast majority of people seeking my help request EMDR. I have helped hundreds of people using EMDR techniques to reduce distress, heal from trauma and PTSD, reduce phobias and fears, and reduce anxiety. In short, I have witnessed how EMDR has improved the lives of many people. I invite you to have a consultation to see if EMDR is right for you.