EMDR is a scientifically validated, integrative psychotherapy approach based on the theory that many of the psychological issues negatively impacting our well-being are due to traumatic experiences or disturbing life events.
These experiences can result in a form of “emotional bruising” that, without treatment, can linger and interfere with a person’s natural ability to process and adaptively integrate the traumatic experiences. This “interference” can result in misperceptions of current life experiences – as if appearing through a distorting filter or lens. An example of this might be when someone experiences a panic attack while everyone around them seems calm. Usually, the individual is aware, at some level, that their perception of events is significantly different from those of others.
The core of EMDR treatment involves activating elements of the traumatic memory or disturbing life event within a safe and supportive setting and pairing those activating elements with visual or tactile cues that ultimately help restore normal information processing and integration. Clients are invited to focus on the physical and emotional feelings that arise as they visualize difficult experiences while responding to these cues.
EMDR can result in emotional and physical symptom relief, reduction of distress from the memory, increased self-confidence, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.
Since its introduction in the late 80s EMDR has evolved from a protocol focused primarily on PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) into a sophisticated and powerful set of standardized protocols that incorporate elements from many different treatment approaches. EMDR is now successfully utilized to treat a variety of conditions including: anxiety; sexual and/or physical abuse; phobias; stress; & anger.
To date, EMDR has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. EMDR is a proven and effective treatment for PTSD, Panic Attacks, Phobias and other forms of anxiety.
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