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Welcome to EMDR

Understanding EMDR?

EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a progressive psychotherapy technique that has proven effective in helping people recover from trauma and improve overall mental health. In this section, we'll introduce the fundamentals of EMDR and how it works.

What is EMDR?

EMDR is an evidence-based practice designed to alleviate the stress associated with traumatic memories. It was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s and has since helped countless individuals to process and integrate traumatic experiences.

How Does EMDR Work?

EMDR therapy uses a structured eight-phase approach that involves recalling distressing experiences in brief doses while the therapist directs your eye movements. These eye movements are believed to mimic the psychological state that we enter into during REM sleep, and they can help with processing distressing memories and reducing their long-term impact.

Benefits of EMDR

EMDR therapy has been widely accepted as an effective form of treatment for trauma and many other mental health issues. Here’s why:

  • Reduces Long-Term Stress: By reprocessing traumatic memories, EMDR can alleviate stress and anxiety associated with these events.

  • Evidence-Based: EMDR has been researched extensively, with numerous studies confirming its efficacy for treating trauma.

  • Non-Traditional: Unlike certain forms of talk therapy, EMDR does not require detailed discussions of the distressing event, which could be beneficial for those who find it difficult to talk about their past experiences.

The EMDR Process

An EMDR therapy session typically follows these phases:

  1. History and Treatment Planning

  2. Preparation

  3. Assessment

  4. Desensitization

  5. Installation

  6. Body Scan

  7. Closure

  8. Reevaluation

Each phase plays a crucial role in ensuring comprehensive care and recovery, and both therapist and client work closely through each step for effective results.

Who is EMDR For?

EMDR therapy is primarily used for individuals dealing with the effects of trauma, but it’s also effective for:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Panic Disorders

  • Eating Disorders

  • Addiction

  • And other stress-related issues.

Finding EMDR Therapy

EMDR is a specialized form of therapy and should be administered by a trained professional. If you're looking for EMDR therapy or want to learn more about it, we recommend consulting with a mental health professional who is certified to practice EMDR.

Begin Your Healing Journey

If you or a loved one has been affected by trauma, or are dealing with mental health issues, EMDR therapy could be a step towards healing. Reach out to a therapist today to start the conversation and explore your options.

Remember that healing is possible, and with the right support and treatment, you can move past trauma and lead a fulfilling life.

For more information on EMDR contact us by email, phone or text 303-833-0840.

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