Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
An Evidence-Based Treatment For Trauma
Alleviate pain and heal the fragmented parts of your life.
Are some memories so painful they lead you down a dark train of thought or leave you feeling hopeless or lost? Have you tried different types of therapy but they’re just not working?
We can help you get out of this state of instability. Using Eye Movement Desentiziaton and Reprocessing (EMDR) allows you to keep upsetting flashbacks or memories from sending you into a state of anxiety, depression, anger, and isolation.
What it is
Remembering a trauma or a stressful event can be painful. These memories have a lasting effect that can interfere with how you perceive and relate to the world and the people in it.
Studies have found that EMDR therapy can decrease or eliminate symptoms of PTSD, and other associated ailments like anxiety and depression.
Through EMDR therapy, negative thoughts, emotions, memories, and behaviors caused by unresolved experiences can be reprocessed and healed, allowing for a more fulfilling, peaceful life.
How it works
The process begins with you focusing on a painful thought, feeling, image, or belief—related to a past memory, present disturbance, or future worry.
While you’re in this frame of mind we’ll begin a set of sounds, physical taps, or side-to-side eye movements (you can indicate if you’d like to stop at any time).
You’ll then be asked to switch to a happy or uplifting thought in order to create positive feelings associated with relief and resolution—and to notice what comes up for you as we continue on.
These steps are repeated until the event becomes less upsetting over time.
What to know
Traumatic experiences may not look or feel like trauma at first. This is because our bodies are designed to protect us at all costs which means certain events can become hidden or get stored in our bodies in unexpected places.
This self-preservation type of ‘storage’ can cause these painful memories to pop up seemingly out of nowhere, brought to the surface in the form of anger, stress, anxiety, and depression.
EMDR is particularly well suited for those who don’t want to talk in-depth or at length about what you went through.