Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

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What Does EMDR Therapy Do?

Our brains have a natural process for managing and resolving distress from difficult and traumatic events and experiences. We are able to remember the stressful event, and our emotional response is regulated as we recall the memory. Some experiences however, may need help to become resolved. When distress from a disturbing event is not resolved, the upsetting images, thoughts and emotions create a feeling of being back in that moment in time. Our brain is responding as if the event were happening in the present, triggering our flight, fight, or freeze response.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched form of psychotherapy, that has proven to reduce the negative emotional response associated with trauma memories and events. EMDR therapy focuses on resolving upsetting memories, and allowing the brain to resume its natural healing process.

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Who Can Benefit from EMDR?

EMDR therapy is helpful and appropriate for individuals of all ages, to address a wide array of challenges.

Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression, Grief & loss, Performance anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other trauma and stress-related issues.


Learn more about EMDR by visiting EMDRIA.org.