EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) is an exceptional psychotherapy treatment technique which enables people of all ages to heal from physical and emotional symptoms of distress that are the result of traumatic life experiences. EMDR has been proven as a highly effective method of therapy which is supported by a 20 year history of research. Just as the body can heal from physical trauma, EMDR therapy shows that the mind can heal from psychological trauma.
EMDR has proven to be effective at helping clients process and release traumatic experiences that lead to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). EMDR is also commonly used to resolve complicated grief, anxieties and phobias, depression, addictions, chronic pain, and performance enhancement. EMDR is effective for children, youth and adults. Clients often remark that the disturbing memory no longer has the emotional charge it once did. They are able to recall the memory but it is no longer associated with the same emotions. They are also able to replace negative beliefs with preferred, positive beliefs about themselves.
Upsetting emotional information frequently gets buried in our subconscious mind and frozen in our nervous system causing lifelong behavioral problems and negative beliefs if left unprocessed. EMDR and Shapiro’s Adaptive Information Processing System allows the brain’s neuro networks which contain disturbing information to be reprocessed and negative emotions to be released. EMDR can be successfully used with adolescents and adults and the protocol may be adapted to use effectively with children as well.