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    What is EMDR Therapy?

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma, anxiety and stress reduction. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from different treatment approaches.

    Watch these videos for more information about EMDR

    Introduction to EMDR Therapy

    EMDR Therapy for Trauma and Anxiety

    Short animation clip about EMDR

    How does EMDR work?

    EMDR therapy uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain. When done virtually I often use tapping movements to facilitate the bilateral stimulation. These mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep, and this portion of sleep is frequently considered to be the time when the mind processes the recent events in the person’s life.

    EMDR seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories in such a way that normal information processing is resumed. I use EMDR to help clients uncover and process limiting beliefs, behaviours, memories and distressing experiences. For a more detailed explanation please visit the EMDR International Association https://www.emdria.org/

    What does EMDR help?

    EMDR had been originally established as helpful for PTSD, although it’s been proven useful for treatment in the following:

    • Panic Attacks
    • Anxiety
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Dissociative Orders
    • Disturbing Memories
    • Phobias
    • Pain Disorders
    • Performance Anxiety
    • Stress Reduction

    Contact me today for a free consultation to see if EMDR might help you release what no longer serves you.