EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)


What is EMDR?


EMDR is a non-traditional psychotherapy in that it relies on the client's own rapid, rhythmic eye movements to diminish the power of emotionally charged memories. EMDR is frequently used to treat symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) a condition triggered by any event that overwhelms our current coping skills and results in feelings of fear, helplessness, and horror. Events resulting in PTSD include but are not limited to combat, car accidents, and physical or sexual assault. It is also used to treat symptoms of panic, eating disorders, and addictions. EMDR sessions can last up to 90 minutes during which the therapist moves his or her fingers back and forth in front of your face or uses finger

tapping or musical tones while asking you to recall a disturbing event. This will include the emotions and body sensations that go along with it. Gradually, the therapist will guide you to shift your thoughts to more pleasant ones to the extent that the emotions are gradually experiences as less threatening and more tolerable. EMDR has been clinically supported by a wide body of research and has gained popularity over recent years particularly with individuals who have a difficult time engaging in traditional "talk therapy"