Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing
Do your childhood experiences impact your ability to form close relationships in adulthood? Are you overwhelmed by negative self-beliefs? Are you afraid that failure to perform perfectly will lead to abandonment, disapproval, or criticism?
You are not alone in these experiences, and EMDR is one of many types of therapies that can help you to clear out old patterns and beliefs and tap into your inner resources to foster new ways of living a more satisfying life.
What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an evidence-based practice used to treat trauma and help facilitate the brains' natural healing processes.
During a traumatic or stressful event, the brain does not process information as it normally would. Instead, information can get stuck or stored in the brain in unhelpful ways and continue to negatively affect you in your present day life. The old stored information can be triggered in the present and can cause you to have thoughts, feelings, or bodily sensations that transport you back to the time the trauma occurred. This affects the way a person sees the world and how they relate with others.
EMDR uses eye movements (similar to what occurs during REM sleep) to help facilitate information processing and relieve the effects of trauma and the accompanying negative beliefs. Following a successful EMDR session, you will still remember what happened, but you will not be overwhelmed when recalling the painful memories of the incident. This allows you to access positive ways of viewing the original trauma (reprocessing) and to release the stored negative emotional reactions around it (desensitization).
What kind of problems does EMDR treat?
- Attachment Disorders
- Childhood Trauma
- Eating Disorders
- Flashbacks & Nightmares
- Grief & Loss
- Injuries & Pain Disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Natural Disasters
- Painful or Disturbing Memories
- Panic Attacks
- Physical, Emotional, & Sexual Abuse
- Post Traumatic Stress
- Self-Esteem Issues