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About EMDR

 What is EMDR ?                      

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful method of psychotherapy. To date, EMDR has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress.


How Does EMDR Work?

No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically 
or in the brain.  However, we do know that when a person is very upset, 
their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One 
moment becomes “frozen in time,” and remembering a trauma may 
feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, 
sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have 
a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the 
world and the way they relate to other people.

EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain 
processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so
following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the 
images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You 
still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of 
therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to 
what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) 
sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based 
therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in anew and less 
distressing way.


Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for 
traumatic stress. However,  clinicians also have reported
success using EMDR in treatment  of the following conditions:

  • Phobias
  • Trauma
  • Disturbing memories  
  • Complicated grief
  • Sexual and/or physical abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Panic attacks   
  • Performance anxiety
  • Stress reduction
  • Pain disorders
  • Dissociative disorder
  • Addictions
  • Personality disorders
  • Body dysmorphic disorders

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