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Eye movement desensitization retraining or EMDR therapy is an interactive psychotherapy technique used to relieve psychological stress. It is an effective treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder.

During EMDR therapy sessions, you relive traumatic or triggering experiences in brief doses while the therapist directs your eye movements. This allows you to recall uncomfortable memories without having  a strong psychological response. Over time, the impact of the memory is lessened and anxiety greatly reduced or eliminated.

People who are struggling with traumatic memories and people who have PTSD are thought to benefit the most from EMDR.

EMDR therapy is also being used to treat:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Eating disorders
  • Addictions
  • Phobias
  • Stress caused by chronic disease
  • Schizophrenia

Moreover, the following populations have used EMDR in our clinic to heal from traumas successfully:

  • People who have been a victim of a disaster (such as violent crimes, accidents)
  • Clients who fear social situations, public speaking, or medical procedures
  • People dealing with grief and loss, divorce, loss of a home
  • Police officers and other frontline providers
  • Accident and burn victims
  • Victims of rape, sexual and physical abuse
  • Anorexia
  • Weight loss

EMDR can be effective for children and teens, as well as adults.

During EMDR therapy sessions, you relive traumatic or triggering experiences in brief doses while the therapist directs your eye movements. This allows you to recall uncomfortable memories without having  a strong psychological response. Over time, the impact of the memory is lessened and anxiety greatly reduced or eliminated.

People who are struggling with traumatic memories and people who have PTSD are thought to benefit the most from EMDR.

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