EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an evidence-based therapeutic treatment that is highly effective in relieving strong emotions related to previous experiences. A psychologist named Dr. Francine Shapiro developed this therapeutic intervention in 1987, and it has been extensively researched since that time. This research supports that EMDR is effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder. Clinicians also find that clients find a reduction of symptoms related to anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, complicated grief, etc.
Implicit memory (our unconscious) uses past experiences to affect our present-day thoughts and behaviors. Most times people are unaware of how past experiences impact the way they behave in the present day.
For clients who have suffered a traumatic event, these past experiences can cause a “frozen” response, leaving the person experiencing memories, emotions, and physical responses to a trauma over and over again even though the traumatic event has ended. Treatments such as EMDR help the brains of trauma survivors process information differently, allowing them to “unfreeze” and resume normal information processing. EMDR helps create the connections between your brain’s memory networks, enabling your brain to process the traumatic memory in a very natural way.
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Do you experience distressing emotions that appear to you, and perhaps to others, to be excessive given the current situation? Do you tend to be highly reactive to certain triggers? Is there one or more dysfunctional beliefs that you believe about yourself that on an intellectual level you know is not true?
If so, you may be a good candidate for EMDR therapy.
Reach out today so we can schedule an appointment to see if EMDR might help you release what no longer serves you.