EMDR for Trauma Recovery

Do you struggle with the effects of childhood trauma or PTSD?

Traditional “talk therapy” may not be effective for trauma survivors.

There are 6 major types of trauma that result in serious, often debilitating symptoms and problems:

1. Childhood abuse (verbal, emotional, physical or sexual) and/or abandonment and neglect.

2. Sexual molestation and rape.

3. Serious accidents and injuries.

4. Bullying behavior at any age.

5. Witnessing violent or abusive incidents.

6. Wars and violent crimes.

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative form of psychotherapy originally developed to treat individuals seeking relief from past traumatic experiences. EMDR has been shown to be very effective in relieving the distress that is associated with traumatic memories.

How does it work?

The goal of EMDR therapy is to “process” past experiences that are causing problems in the present. The term “processing” means that your EMDR therapist will create a learning state that allows for past experiences to be fully integrated and stored in appropriate locations in the brain. Overpowering emotions and physiological responses are triggered when there is a memory of the trauma.

The goal of EMDR therapy is to eliminate distressing emotions and body sensations and replace them with a new perspective and understanding that will lead to more positive and productive behaviors and interactions. EMDR utilizes traditional counseling and therapy in addition to eye movement desensitization to facilitate the processing of memories.

Who can benefit from EMDR?

Research has proven EMDR to be effective for individuals dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other problems and conditions, such as

o Excessive Anxiety and Worry

o Panic Attacks and Phobias

o Complicated Grief

o Dissociative Disorders

o Pain Disorders

o Performance or Social Anxiety

o Stress Reduction

o Addictions

o Sexual and/or Physical Abuse

o Body Dysmorphic Disorders (negative body image)

How long does EMDR take?

Typically, one or more sessions are needed for the therapist to understand the nature of the problem and to decide whether EMDR is an appropriate treatment. A typical EMDR session lasts from 50 to 90 minutes. The number of sessions needed is determined by the type of problem, life circumstances, and the type and amount of trauma. EMDR therapy can be used with or without traditional counseling or psychotherapy. Clients may also be referred for EMDR therapy during ongoing counseling with another therapist.

Contact us today for additional information about EMDR services, or if you wish to schedule an appointment for an initial consultation.