What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach that has been extensively validated for treating psychological trauma and other distressing life experiences. Developed by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s, EMDR is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychological Association, the World Health Organization, and the Department of Defense.

The therapy involves the use of bilateral stimulation (typically, guided eye movements) while clients recall traumatic events. This process works on the neurological level, altering the way distressing memories are stored and possibly facilitating more adaptive processing of traumatic memories.

How EMDR works

EMDR follows a three-prong approach which involves reprocessing past distressing memories, current triggers, and future anticipated stressors. It unfolds over eight deliberate phases, aiding patients in meticulously navigating through their traumatic memories:

  • History-taking and Treatment Planning:
    A phase to comprehend the client's historical background and pinpoint where the treatment should commence.
  • Preparation:
    Readying the client for EMDR processing, potentially incorporating strategies to manage emotional turmoil.
  • Assessment:
    Recognizing and isolating target memories, associated negative beliefs, and aspirational positive beliefs.
  • Desensitization:
    Utilizing bilateral stimulation, commonly through guided eye movements, clients focus on the distressing memory until it loses its emotional charge.
  • Installation:
    Amplifying the identified positive beliefs.
  • Body Scan:
    Identifying and addressing any physiological tension correlated with the traumatic memory.
  • Closure:
    Ensuring the client reaches a state of balance, regardless of the reprocessing status of the memory.
  • Reevaluation:
    Verifying the outcomes in ensuing sessions.

Symptoms and areas of specialty that EMDR treats

EMDR is a well-researched therapeutic technique and, while initially developed to treat trauma, particularly in individuals with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it has since been used to effectively treat a variety of psychological concerns. The application of EMDR has expanded beyond trauma due to its structured approach to addressing and reprocessing memories and experiences that contribute to psychological distress and dysfunction.

In alignment with scientific findings, we employ EMDR to address and mitigate the following conditions:
  • Binge Eating & Eating Disorders
  • Sleep & Insomnia
  • Motivation & Procrastination
  • Self-Esteem & Confidence
  • Anxiety, Stress & Panic Attacks 
  • OCD & Intrusive Thoughts
  • Phobia & Fears
  • Shame & Guilt
  • Depression
  • Postpartum depression
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Complex PTSD
  • Chronic Pain
  • Relationship issues

FAQ About Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Is EMDR research-based?

Yes, EMDR is supported by numerous scientific studies demonstrating its effectiveness in treating trauma and other adverse life experiences.

How long does EMDR therapy take?

The duration of EMDR therapy can vary depending on the individual and the complexity of their issues. Some people may experience benefits after a few sessions, while others may require ongoing treatment to address more complex trauma histories.

Can EMDR be done remotely?

Absolutely. We seamlessly integrate remotEMDR technology and adhere to specific protocols to ensure the efficacy of our EMDR sessions through virtual platforms. This technology greatly enhances outcomes by enabling bilateral stimulation that is both visual and auditory.

Can EMDR be integrated with other therapy approaches?

Yes, we seamlessly blend EMDR with various therapeutic approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness, to create tailored, effective treatment plans that address our clients' unique needs and enhance their therapeutic journey.

Who Can Benefit from EMDR Therapy?

EMDR therapy proves beneficial for individuals grappling with trauma or facing psychological hurdles like anxiety and depression, offering a path to process distressing memories and navigate through emotional challenges effectively. While notably impactful for trauma survivors, it also aids those confronting various emotional and psychological stressors, contributing to enhanced mental well-being.