Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach that has been proven effective in treating trauma, anxiety, depression, and other psychological conditions. It was developed by psychologist Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s and is now recognized as an evidence-based treatment by organizations such as the American Psychological Association and the World Health Organization.

During an EMDR session, I help you process distressing memories and emotions by using bilateral stimulation, which can involve eye movements, tapping, or sound. This bilateral stimulation helps activate the brain's natural healing processes and allows you to reprocess traumatic experiences in a more adaptive way.

EMDR is a structured therapy approach that typically involves eight phases, including history-taking, preparation, assessment, desensitization, installation, body scan, closure, and reevaluation. Through these phases, you are able to work through past traumas and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

Research has shown that EMDR can lead to significant reductions in symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression, and many clients report feeling a sense of relief and resolution after completing treatment. It is important to work with a trained and licensed therapist who is experienced in EMDR to ensure the best outcomes.

Overall, EMDR is a powerful and effective therapy approach for individuals who have experienced trauma or other distressing events and are looking to heal and move forward in their lives.