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What is EMDR Therapy?
What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches in psychotherapy. To date, EMDR has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.

EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition, successful outcomes are well-documented in the literature and in research for EMDR treatment of other mental health problems, somatic symptoms, abuse, and self-esteem issues. I have achieved good clinical results for patients when the EMDR protocol is integrated into ongoing psychotherapy in an area where one is “stuck” in negative behavior patterns.

The model on which EMDR is based, Adaptive Information Processing (AIP), posits that much of psychopathology is due to the maladaptive encoding of and/or incomplete processing of traumatic or disturbing adverse life experiences, some of which are unconscious. This impairs the client’s ability to integrate these experiences in an adaptive manner. Neurobiological investigators believe experiences are stored in implicit and episodic memories in the brain. The process of EMDR facilitates the resumption of normal information processing and integration. This treatment approach, which targets past experience, current triggers, and future potential challenges, results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.

In the broadest sense, EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach intended to treat psychological disorders, to alleviate human suffering and to assist individuals to fulfill their potential for development.  EMDR utilizes a unique, standardized set of procedures and clinical protocols that incorporate dual focus of attention and alternating bilateral visual, auditory and/or tactile stimulation. This process activates the components of the memory of disturbing life events and facilitates the resumption of adaptive information processing and integration. This results in the ability to break through emotional barriers, overcome limitations, and excel in life’s goals. EMDR has also been very successful in enhancing peak performance in sports, presentations, and the performing arts.

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