You may have heard the term EMDR before, but have no idea what it means. The term is growing in popularity, but it is still confusing for many people. This page offers some information to demystify it for you.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Quite a mouthful. The name often throws people off, but it’s actually a lot more simple than it sounds. EMDR Therapy is a game changer when it comes to therapy and counseling. I have found that it accelerates healing beyond traditional talk therapy, and many people find that they’re able to make breakthroughs using this approach in ways that they couldn’t quite achieve in other forms of therapy.
It is an incredibly powerful treatment model that helps people resolve painful current issues related to traumatic or stressful events from their pasts. You don’t have to have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to benefit from this therapy approach, though it is quite effective for that particular disorder. It can help to reduce anxiety, improve depression, increase positive feelings about one’s self, and reduce shame, just to name a few other benefits.
I provide EMDR Therapy in office as well as through video sessions. I have found that video sessions are just as effective for clients as office sessions. In fact, some people prefer to be able to work through very painful issues from the comfort of their own home, where they may be better able to self soothe after processing through difficult memories.
This video from the EMDR International Association does a fantastic job of explaining how EMDR Therapy works and what it is like. I highly recommend that you watch this video to better understand this wonderful treatment approach if you are considering trying it out.
The large body of research behind this approach supports its effectiveness. You can click here to read about recent research related to this treatment approach. Find more information about EMDR Therapy by clicking here