Center for Healing Trauma & Attachment, Inc.

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What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful psychotherapy approach that has helped over an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress.

WHAT KIND OF PROBLEMS CAN EMDR TREAT? 

  • PTSD
  • Personality Disorders 
  • Panic Attacks 
  • Complicated Grief 
  • Dissociative Disorders 
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders 
  • Disturbing Memories 
  • Phobias 
  • Eating Disorders 
  • Performance Anxiety 
  • Stress Reduction 
  • Addictions Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
  • Pain Disorders

WHAT IS THE ACTUAL EMDR SESSION LIKE?

During EMDR, the therapist works with the client to identify a specific problem as the focus of the treatment session. The client calls to mind the disturbing issue or event, what was seen, felt, heard, thought, etc., and what thoughts and beliefs are currently held about that event. The therapist facilitates the directional movement of the eyes or other dual attention stimulation of the brain, while the client focuses on the disturbing material, and the client just notices whatever comes to mind without making any effort to control direction or content. Each person will process information uniquely, based on personal experiences and values. Sets of eye movements are continued until the memory becomes less disturbing and is associated with positive thoughts and beliefs about one’s self; for example, “I did the best I could.” During EMDR, the client may experience intense emotions, but by the end of the session, most people report a great reduction in the level of disturbance