EMDR is used in the treatment of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, grief, phobias and panic attacks.
Our bodies are resilient and we can cope with and process huge amounts of information. Sometimes a trauma, or series of traumas will result in us becoming stuck, re-experiencing the event or having heightened emotional reactions. As a certified EMDR therapist, I function much as a catalyst, restarting the natural brain processing to desensitize feelings so memories no longer provoke intense emotional reactions.
EMDR requires several sessions to establish the foundation for treatment, and then the bi-lateral stimulus that is the hallmark of EMDR is used. The number of sessions depends on the complexity of the triggering event.
EMDR is internationally recognized and evidenced therapy developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987. To learn more about EMDR, go to EMDRIA.org.