What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  

Extensive research has shown that it is highly recommended for PTSD, trauma, addiction and other disorders such as depression and anxiety.  

EMDR is a world-wide evidenced-based trauma therapy.  This basically means, research has proven its effectiveness across the globe….WOW!

Most of the people I work with have been in traditional talk therapy for many years.  This is when I get excited to tell them EMDR is very different than talk therapy.  EMDR is a non-talking therapy that accesses all parts of the brain.  Traditional talk therapy accesses the left side of our brain where reason, language, logic, etc.  is stored.   

Research has shown us that EMDR  accesses ALL parts of the brain for

true, long-lasting healing.  

EMDR therapy is flexible and “moves” with the needs of each client.  

Whether it’s a Big “T” trauma (sexual abuse, physical abuse, war, natural disasters, etc.) or little “t” trauma (bullying, neglect, awkward teen years, loss of significant relationship, feeling unwanted, unliked, rejected, hated) we will uncover what has been there for too long.  

Complex trauma are events that we experience over and over again that we relive on a day-to-day basis.  These repeated traumatic events can be childhood sexual, physical or physical abuse, domestic violence, addiction or having a parent that was emotionally unavailable. 

Simple trauma (which is not SIMPLE by definition) is a single event trauma.  This isolated, “simple” trauma occurred one time and could be a sudden death of a loved one, accident, sexual assault, natural disaster, or the Novel Coronavirus.

Trauma is experienced by children who were raised in homes with an addicted parent(s) because they experience life with an absent and unavailable parent.  

EMDR trauma therapy can be incorporated to heal from past traumas.  I have used this most often in working with people with Complex PTSD and Simple traumas. 


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Healing from past events

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Drug Counseling and EMDR to manage substance use disorders

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