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About EMDR

"Everything you judge about yourself served a purpose at a time." ~Dr. Gabor Mate

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What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a structured therapy vs traditional talk therapy.  During EMDR a client is encouraged to briefly focus on the trauma memory while experiencing bilateral stimulation simultaneously.  This bilateral stimulation allows the vividness and the emotion associated with the trauma memory to be reduced.  EMDR therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and PTSD symptoms.  Ongoing research supports positive clinical outcomes showing EMDR therapy as a helpful treatment for disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic pain, addictions, and other distressing life experiences.

~Cited from the Emdria website

How Does EMDR Therapy Affect the Brain?

Our brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories and events.  This process involves communication between the amygdala (the alarm signal for stressful events), the hippocampus (which assists with learning, including memories about safety and danger), and the prefrontal cortex (which analyzes and controls behavior and emotion).  While many times traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, they may not be processed without help.

Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts.  When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create an overwhelming feeling of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.”  EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories, and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.

~Cited from the Emdria website

Introduction to EMDR

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