WHAT IS EMDR?
Standing for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDR is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. Research has shown this type of therapy to be very effective.
HOW CAN EMDR help?
Our brains have a natural ability to recover from traumatic and distressing memories or events. This process involves communication between several parts of our brains. Sometimes, however, intense stress responses prevent this communication from occurring the way it is designed to work. In these situations, the original experience may become stuck and may cause feelings of overwhelm or upset months or years later. It may also impact our behavior and functioning in ways that may be puzzling or run counter to what we want. EMDR uses alternating eye movements to help our brains integrate the memories and heal. EMDR is available in-person and online.
HOW IS EMDR DIFFERENT FROM OTHER THERAPY?
EMDR does not require talking in detail about the trauma or distressing experience nor does it require intense emotional responses. Instead, EMDR focuses on changing the the way our brains respond to triggers around these memories, enabling our feelings and behaviors to normalize. It can often help to heal memories that have not responded to other types of therapy.