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EMDR Therapy

EMDR Therapy, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, is an evidence-based and highly researched therapy.  It is considered a best practice treatment for trauma.  It is very effective and does not require homework or significant conscious effort on the part of the recipient, other than participation and collaboration with the therapist in session.  Eye movements are often used in the treatment, but tactile and audio options are also available, making this treatment accessible even in the case of visual impairment.  Another benefit of this treatment is that clients who have experienced severe trauma and are afraid to even start working on this history are not required to speak of it in great detail for the therapy to be effective. 

EMDR Therapy can be helpful for:

  • single incident traumas like being in a car accident, being attacked by a dog, or having a disturbing medical experience

  • multiple incidences of a similar trauma like a multiple sexual assaults occuring over a number of years

  • a history of childhood trauma such as being hit or molested regularly, seeing a parent being repeatedly abused, being emotionally or verbal abused, or witnessing substance use in the home

  • cumulative trauma, such as a group of many events that occur within an abusive marriage

  • smaller events where we feel we should be able to "just get over it" but for some reason we can't

  • nightmares related to trauma

  • core beliefs (negative beliefs about ourselves that come from trauma, such as thinking one is a bad person from being told this many times as a child)

EMDR can also be used for other issues, including:

  • grief that won't go away

  • borderline personality disorder

  • self-harm

  • anxiety or health anxiety

  • phobias

  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

  • disordered eating

  • addictions or unwanted behaviours

Contact me to find out more about how EMDR works, and if I feel it would help you.  Watch the following YouTube video published by EMDRIA, the EMDR International Association, for its "Introduction to EMDR Therapy."  The link below will take you to the video directly; please disregard any advertisements which may come first.

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