EMDR--A Breakthrough Therapy

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy helps people heal from symptoms and emotional distress resulting from disturbing life experiences. Over 30 studies show that with EMDR, people can more quickly experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years!

It's widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR proves that the mind can heal more quickly from psychological trauma, like the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to heal the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR activates a similar process in our minds.

We all have an information processing system in our brain that naturally moves us toward mental health, learning and growth. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using EMDR's detailed protocols and procedures, clinicians help clients activate their natural internal healing processes.

More than 35 positive, controlled-outcome studies demonstrate EMDR's effectiveness. Some studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have PTSD after only three 90-minute sessions! Another study, funded by Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions! In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions. These results are unsurpassed by any other therapy.

EMDR is recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing life experiences by the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense and many international health organizations. EMDR is also effective in treating the everyday memories of experiences that result in people having low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, anxiety, panic, depression and all the myriad problems that bring them to therapy. Over 100,000 clinicians across the world use EMDR. Millions of people have been successfully treated over the past 25 years.  Call now and experience what EMDR can do for you!

Details of EMDR Therapy

EMDR is an eight-phase treatment. Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during three phases. Once the clinician determines the memory to target first, she asks the client to hold aspects of that memory in mind while watching the therapist’s hand move back and forth across the client’s field of vision. As this happens, for reasons believed by a Harvard researcher to be connected with the same biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep (when significant learning is known to occur), internal associations arise and the client begins processing the memory and disturbing feelings.  Accelerated learning occurs and previously disturbing memories no longer trigger distress. Clients often reports that it's like the memory has faded and is just a fact that once happened to them.

With successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed emotionally and cognitively. For instance, a rape victim shifts from feeling horror and self-disgust when remembering the rape to feeling strong, confident and knowing, “I survived it and I am strong.” Unlike talk therapy, the insights clients gain in EMDR result less from clinician interpretation than the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes. The net effect is that clients complete EMDR feeling empowered by the very experiences that once debased them. Their wounds have not just closed, they have transformed. The natural outcome of EMDR is that the client's thoughts, feelings and behavior all robustly indicate emotional health and resolution—all without speaking in detail or doing homework needed in other therapies. 

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