Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a psychotherapy treatment that is effective for resolving many types of emotional distress including severe trauma.  Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress, however it has been reported successful in treating conditions such as panic attacks, grief, disturbing memories, phobias, pain disorders, performance anxiety, stress reduction and sexual or physical abuse.  Even symptoms resulting from common upsetting events like divorce, school problems, peer difficulties and family problems can also be improved with EMDR.

When an upsetting, scary or painful experience happens, sometimes the memory of the experience stays “stuck” or “frozen” in the mind and body.  Through Dual Attention Stimulation (DAS) the experience can get unstuck and reprocessed in a healthy way, allowing the individual to return to prior level of coping as well as strengthen feelings of calmness, confidence and mastery.

DAS refers to the use of alternating, right-left tracking that may take the form of eye movements, tones or music delivered to each ear, or tactile stimulation, such as alternating hand taps.

EMDR can be used with children, adolescents, and adults.  For more information about EMDR visit www.emdria.org.

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