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EMDR TREATMENT

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment that was established in 1987 and initially was exclusively used to treat trauma. Over the years we have learned that EMDR can be effective for almost anything. I have successfully used EMDR to treat Depression, Anxiety, Perfectionism, Procrastination, Nightmares, Low Self-Esteem, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Chronic Pain, and of course all types of Trauma.

 

How does EMDR work?

When we experience anything that is outside of our experiences and expectations those experiences generally lead to strong emotions such as fear, anger, shame, guilt, anxiety, inadequacy etc. Memories with strong emotions are stored in such a way that when similar situations occur our brains recall those strong emotions, even if those emotions are disproportionate to the current situation. EMDR helps remove those strong emotions and move those memories to a part of the brain that does not react with emotions but instead understands that those memories are in the past and the person is not in that negative situation anymore. As we are removing those strong negative emotions EMDR also helps strengthen positive memories and emotions, and reassures the person that they are safe and no longer in that negative situation.

             

For more information on EMDR please visit the sources below

APA EMDR

https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/treatments/eye-movement-reprocessing

 

Psycom

https://www.psycom.net/emdr-therapy-anxiety-panic-ptsd-trauma/

 

EMDR video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JACjZLH2WU

 

Psychology today

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/psychology-tomorrow/202206/how-and-why-emdr-works

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