Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

What is EMDR?

EMDR is a form of therapy given over 8 phases, which uses the brain’s natural process of healing to reduce the emotional and physical distress from disturbing life experiences. Part of the EMDR process involves the use of bilateral stimulation, which is facilitated through eye movements, light taps, or soft audible tones. As new insights are developed and emotional blocks are removed, old wounds are healed and the past no longer has a negative hold on the present.

How long does EMDR therapy take?

The short answer is…it depends. Sometimes therapy can be completed in as few as 8-12 sessions. This is usually more likely for single incident traumas, though there are no hard and fast rules. If there have been complex or multiple traumatic experiences in your life, more time may be needed. It’s important that we don’t rush the process and that we take the time necessary to build a strong foundation of resources to carry you through the experience.

EMDR has been shown to help with the following concerns

  • Depression
  • Panic Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Grief and Mourning
  • Attachment Disorder
  • Conduct Problems and Self-Esteem
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Chronic Pain
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms

If you’re wondering if EMDR might be right for you, or if you have questions about the approach, let’s connect. You can also visit the EMDR Institute for more information.