EMDR Therapy For Trauma

What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a complex, eight-phase methodology and approach to the treatment of trauma that integrates the salient aspects of most therapeutic modalities.

EMDR therapy is a form of trauma therapy that involves recalling a stressful past event and “reprogramming” the memory of that event in the light of a positive, self-chosen belief, while using rapid eye movements to facilitate the process.  The AIP or Adaptive Information Processing model has been developed as a conceptual foundation for understanding how EMDR therapy works.  Research to explain the exact mechanisms of action continues to be ongoing, so our understanding is yet incomplete, but the results of EMDR therapy are, nevertheless, well documented by research.

How can EMDR Therapy help me?

EMDR therapy can help you replace the anxiety and fear of a traumatic event with positive images, emotions and thoughts, allowing you to remember the trauma without reliving the event over and over again. The memory will be there, but it will be less upsetting. Clinicians have reported success using EMDR therapy for treatment of the following conditions:

  • post-traumatic stress
  • phobias
  • panic attacks
  • performance anxiety
  • dissociative disorders
  • stress reduction
  • sexual and/or physical abuse
  • disturbing memories
  • complicated grief
  • anxiety disorders
  • addictions
  • invalidating life experiences