EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a form of psychotherapy that helps people heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are a result of disturbing life experiences. EMDR involves the use of eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation such as tapping). It is believed that eye movements are a powerful way to heal the brain, similar to how REM (rapid eye movement) during sleep helps us heal and process the events of the day.
EMDR therapy shows that the mind can heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. Your brain wants to heal itself! If you have a wound, the body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. EMDR therapy trained clinicians can help clients activate their natural healing processes.
EMDR has been ranked as one of the #1 treatments for trauma by the World Health Organization and its effectiveness has been extensively researched since its inception in 1987 by Dr. Francine Shapiro. EMDR is also extremely useful for treating anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, grief, depression, issues stemming from childhood, low self-esteem, troubling life experiences, and body issues. EMDR has a direct effect on the brain’s ability to process your experiences properly so these troubling thoughts and memories no longer have the impact they once did. After successful EMDR treatment, you will notice a significant reduction in symptoms associated with your issue.
It is important that you receive EMDR treatment from someone who is properly trained. Both Shelley and Eryn are EMDR certified therapists have received training from the EMDR Institute which is associated with the EMDR International Association, founded by the creator of EMDR, Dr. Francine Shapiro. We are fortunate to be mentored by a clinician who learned EMDR directly from Dr. Shapiro herself. We attend regular trainings and receive consultation regarding our EMDR practice, so as to better our skills and make treatment more effective and successful for our clients.
If you are interested in receiving EMDR, or have questions about this form of treatment, please feel free to contact us!