© 2016 by Paige Pires de Almeida, MFTI

EMDR

 

When life gets overwhelming, one does their best to push on. But in spite of that desire to look forward, sometimes stressful events and experiences have a way of staying with us. Traumatic events can leave psychological symptoms long after the event or period of time is over, echoing into present day and causing emotional pain, and may require a different approach to work through.

 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched integrative psychotherapy approach proven effective for the treatment of trauma. Research has established EMDR as effective for the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), however, this approach has also been proven successful in treatment of the following conditions:

 

  • Panic Attacks

  • Complicated Grief

  • Dissociative Disorders

  • Disturbing Memories

  • Phobias

  • Pain Disorders

  • Performance Anxiety

  • Stress Reduction

  • Addictions

Through the use of eye movements or hand held "tappers" the brain has an opportunity to revisit traumatic memories or experiences in a safe way, and decrease the overall charge or influence the event is having on present day life. When the charge goes down around the memory, the reactivity and disturbing emotions that have long accompanied the memory also go down. While the trauma memory remains unchanged, EMDR helps clients to integrate the experience and lessen its impact.