What is EMDR Therapy:
EMDR is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy tool used to treat trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression and panic disorders. EMDR is designed to allow the brain to resume its natural process to resolve unprocessed trauma.
What Can EMDR help With:
- anxiety, panic attacks, phobias
- depression and bipolar disorders
- sexual assault
- grief and loss
- violence and abuse
- performance anxiety
- sleep disturbance
EMDR uses a 3 Pronged Protocol:
1.) Past events (traumas) that cause dysfunction now are processed, forging new links with adaptive information.
2.) Current circumstances that bring up distress are targeted and triggers are desensitized.
3.) Possible future events are incorporated and the client acquires skills needed for adaptive functioning in the future.
Videos of actual EMDR sessions are available on the EMDRIA site. For many clients, EMDR can be completed in fewer sessions than other therapies. EMDR does not require talking in detail about the distressing event, which for many clients is comforting. There are 8 phases of EMDR therapy . A session can last from 60-90 minutes. The number of sessions required is decided on an individual basis.