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.  

There are all different types of trauma.  Some traumas are blatant and obvious such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, natural disasters or car accidents.  Other traumas are more "subtle" or less visible such as bullying, childhood emotional neglect, having a parent with a substance abuse disorder or trauma from betrayal.  Trauma leaves a deep and lasting impact on our nervous system and become the living legacy of our depressive, anxiety and post-traumatic stress symptoms.  

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

Other types of trauma are considered a single event trauma.  The isolated traumatic event occurred one time and could be a sudden death of a loved one, accident, sexual assault, natural disaster, or the Coronavirus.

EMDR trauma therapy can be incorporated to heal from past traumas whether they are obvious or subtle 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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