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What exactly is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy typically uses eye movements or tapping in order to replicate the type of emotional processing that happens during REM sleep. Imagine a train moving along a track with pieces missing. this type of therapy puts those pieces into place so that the body’s innate capacity towards healing can get moving again. Backed up by research, EMDR is a structured process that feels very different than traditional talk therapy.

From the EMDR International Association: “EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.”

Is EMDR for me?

EMDR is useful in working with specific traumas, or for shifting long-held negative beliefs about yourself. Although it is highly structured, it can also be a profound experience, producing significant changes in a relatively short amount of time. I am able to provide EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) as a focused treatment, or as part of a longer therapeutic process.

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