What is Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)?

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a type of therapy that helps individuals move past upsetting thoughts, past trauma and stubborn negative and anxious thoughts.  Sometimes traditional talk therapy isn’t enough. EMDR helps process information in a different way and more quickly. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.

How Does It Work?

EMDR works similarly to a state of REM cycle in your sleep. During an EMDR session, the brain processes information much like it does while sleeping, except you are fully awake.  The therapist uses various methods (I use tappers, which is a device that provides comfortable bilateral vibrations in your hands), which are believed to be connected with the biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep.  During this facilitation, internal associations arise and the clients begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings. In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level.

Sound weird? Yes! The brain is extremely complex, however, using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes. Sound complicated? Not for you! The session is nothing more than letting your brain think and free flow with thoughts. I will help navigate.

Is This a Hoax?

There has been so much research on EMDR therapy that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense.

If you’re interested in learning more, please visit this in-depth look at EMDR.