- PTSD (Trauma)
- Obsessive Compulsive Behavior
- Anxiety & Depression
- Dissociative Disorder
- Somatoform Disorders
- Treats the cause & symptoms
- Reduces need for medication
- Can lessen pain and tension
- Often improves sleep
- Often improves relationships
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a Psychotherapy in which the patient recalls a traumatic event while simultaneously undergoing bilateral stimulation to resolve the development of trauma-related disorders caused by exposure to distressing, traumatizing, or negative life events.
Discovered in 1987, EMDR is considered to be the most effective treatment of trauma similar to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The difference is that EMDR typically takes 3-4 sessions unlike traditional treatments that can take months or years.
The bilateral stimulation of EMDR is similar to REM (Rapid Eye Movement) which we experience naturally when we dream. REM has been shown to improve survival skills, heal traumatic memories, and creates healing on a sub-conscious level in the brain affecting our auto response to emotions triggered by past memories. For example, someone who has been abused may experience fear of being abused again whenever others become upset. Bilateral stimulation can resolve the past memory and emotion so this person can experience new relationships without the anxiety from the past.
The results are often incredible with patients feeling immediate relief of emotional and physical symptoms, improved sleep, and reduced cravings for previous addictions. Families often report dramatic improvement in relationships. Often there is no longer a need for medication as well!
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“From my experiences with EMDR you feel immediate relief, then episodes
of prior feelings, then over time without even realizing - it fades away.”