All about EMDR

We are trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a proven treatment for the distress caused by trauma and disturbing experiences. This therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.

How does EMDR work?

During an EMDR session, your therapist will ask you to think about the traumatic experience for which you’re seeking treatment. As you picture the event or experience, your therapist will move her hand across your field of vision, and ask you to follow the movement with your eyes (or other bilateral stimulation). This process allows painful memories to be more adaptively processed and stored.

Is EMDR safe?

EMDR has been extensively researched. Approximately 30 controlled studies have investigated its effects, consistently finding it decreases or eliminates the symptoms of post-traumatic stress for most clients. Clients often report improvement in other symptoms, such as anxiety. A number of reputable international health and governmental agencies, including the American Psychiatric Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, have designated EMDR effective in treating post-traumatic stress.

Who is EMDR for?

Originally developed for post-traumatic stress, EMDR also successfully treats panic attacks, complicated grief, dissociative disorders, disturbing memories, phobias, pain disorders, performance anxiety, stress, addictions, sexual and/or physical abuse, body dysmorphic disorders and personality disorders.

Learn more about EMDR by watching this video created by EMDRIA: