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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR is an evidence-based therapy initially developed for the treatment of trauma and PTSD but has been proven to be successful with even more conditions including anxiety, panic, depression, grief and loss, feelings of worthlessness/low self-esteem and anger.
EMDR is an accelerated therapy which enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of distressing life experiences allowing you to live more fully in the present. So how does it work? After a thorough assessment, creating a treatment plan and developing external and internal coping resources, we would use Rapid Eye movements, similar to those during REM sleep in which disturbing memories are accessed and reprocessed by the brain. It does not mean you forget the past but you are able to experience them with less distress. Often there can be a chain reaction where the linking of related memories can lead to improvements in many aspects of one's life. During EMDR, you will remain in control, fully alert, and wide-awake. This is not a form of hypnosis and you can stop at any time.
EMDR is an innovative clinical treatment which has successfully helped millions of individuals and backed by rigorous research. EMDR is also supported by the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, Department of Defense, Veterans Administration, insurance companies and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Reach out to inquire about how EMDR can be helpful for you. I am a trained EMDR therapist, approved by EMDRIA, the association that governs EMDR practitioners around the world. Check out the video below to learn more.
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